US media: US personnel take over Chinese Consulate General in Houston

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 US media: US personnel take over Chinese Consulate General in Houston


Houston Chronicle: US personnel take over Chinese Consulate General in Houston

The Houston Chronicle just announced that US personnel took over the Chinese Consulate in Houston on Friday afternoon local time, less than an hour before the deadline demanded by the trump administration earlier this week.

As of the press release of the global network, Chinese and American officials have not confirmed this news.

On July 22, U.S. Secretary of state pompeio and other senior US officials claimed that the US sides closure of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston was a response to Chinas years of interference in the internal affairs of the United States, theft of US intellectual property rights and commercial espionage activities, with the purpose of protecting the intellectual property rights of the United States and the private information of the American people..

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At a regular press conference of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 23, Wang Wenbin, spokesman, said that Chinese embassies and consulates in the United States, including the Consulate General in Houston, are committed to promoting friendship and cooperation between the two peoples, and in performing their duties in the United States, they have always abided by international law and local laws. The Chinese Consulate General in Houston is the first Chinese Consulate General in the United States since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. Over the past 40 years, the Chinese Consulate General in Houston has been committed to promoting mutual understanding and cooperation in various fields between China and the United States, and has done a lot of friendly work to this end. The US side claims that the Chinese Consulate General in Houston is engaged in activities inconsistent with its identity, which is totally malicious slander.

Wang Wenbin further said that the US sides request for the Chinese side to close its Consulate General in Houston seriously violates international law and basic norms of international relations, seriously violates relevant provisions of Sino US Consular treaties, and seriously damages Sino US relations, which is dismantling the bridge of friendship between the two peoples.

Previously:

Russian media: after the Chinese diplomats left, the US law enforcement department entered the Consulate General in Houston.

According to Russia today, before 5:00 p.m. local time, several U.S. law enforcement officers used breaking tools to enter the building where the Chinese Consulate General in Houston previously worked. According to reports, two of the law enforcement officers claimed to be from the foreign security service of the State Department.

According to Reuters, during the evacuation of the staff of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, about 100 people waved flags outside the Consulate Generals building and used offensive language against our staff. However, the identity of the protestors was not disclosed in the report.

According to observer.com, on July 21, local time, the US side suddenly demanded that China close its Consulate General in Houston and evacuate all personnel before 4:00 p.m. on July 24, which was a unilateral political provocation launched by the United States.

According to CNN, Reuters and other foreign media on the 24th, a group of US law enforcement officers entered the Chinese Consulate General in Houston that afternoon.

Screenshot of Reuters report

Screenshot of CNN report

According to Reuters, the staff of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston left the Consulate General Building shortly after 4 p.m. on the 24th, shortly after the closure order issued by the US side took effect. Shortly after that, a group of suspected US law enforcement officers forcibly opened the back door of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston and broke in.

Reuters said a reporter asked about the identity of the group, but they did not answer. After the group entered the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, two staff members in the uniform of the Foreign Security Bureau of the State Department were guarding the door. They did not answer the questions.

CNN also reported that on the afternoon of the 24th, US federal agents and local law enforcement officers entered our Consulate General in Houston. Some eyewitnesses and media cameras also found several black SUVs, trucks, two white vans and a locksmiths car around the Consulate General at that time.

At about 4:40 p.m., a group of law enforcement officers pried open the back door of the Consulate General and entered it. Earlier, law enforcement officers tried to enter through the other three entrances, but none of them succeeded.

A screenshot of the Houston Chronicle

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