China vows retaliation after US demands consulate close

Published: 
  • According to 'The Global Times,' the consulate in Houston, Texas must be evacuated within 72 hours, adding to the tension between the US and Beijing
  • The move follows reports that police and fire officials in the city responded to calls that documents were being burned in the building's courtyard
South China Morning Post |
Published: 
Comment

Latest Articles

Chef Jayson Tang talks learning from the master of Cantonese cuisine

Many ethnic minority students in Hong Kong have negative thoughts on identity

Top 10: What is one thing about your family that you are proud of?

Looking for Christmas presents? 6 Hong Kong brands you should check out

SCMP forum brings together students and principals to discuss technology in education

Emergency services attend the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, after it was reported that documents were being burned in the building's courtyard. Photo: Twitter

The Chinese Foreign Ministry is vowing to retaliate after it said the United States had demanded Beijing close its consulate in Houston, in the US state of Texas.

Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the US made the demand on Tuesday and described the US move as “unprecedented escalation”.

Wang said the Chinese embassy and consulates in the US had received both explosives and death threats recently.

“China demands the US revoke the wrong decision. If the US went ahead, China would take necessary counter measures,” Wang said.

Britain suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong 

Wang’s disclosure came after Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of The Global Times, said on Twitter that the US gave 72 hours for China to close the consulate.

“This is a crazy move. The consulate general is the first Chinese CG in the United States. The US has not only asked to close it, but requested evacuation within three days. This is absolute madness. There is apparently no bottom line for some people in Washington. The current US administration is willing to do anything now,” Hu said. 

Earlier on Wednesday, US media reported that Houston police and fire officials responded to reports that documents were being burned in the courtyard of the Consulate General of China in Houston on Tuesday night, citing the Houston Police Department. 

5 things to know about Hong Kong's national security law

Houston PD said they began receiving reports that documents were being burned just after 8pm at 3417 Montrose Boulevard, where the consulate is located, the click2houston.com reported.

The Chinese consulate general in Houston could not be reached by the SCMP.

According to its official website, the consulate general of China in Houston “was the first one to be established” in 1979 when the two countries established diplomatic relations. 

Sign up for the YP Teachers Newsletter
Get updates for teachers sent directly to your inbox
By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy
Comment