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U.S. order: Chinese Houston consulate to close

Christian Fernsby |
China has threatened retaliation after the U.S. ordered the closure of the country's consulate in Houston on Tuesday, giving staff there 72 hours to leave the country.

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Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters at a daily briefing that the order constituted an "unprecedented escalation" in tensions, following months of deteriorating relations between Washington, D.C. and Beijing.

"If the U.S. continues to go down the wrong path, we will resolutely respond," Wang said, according to Bloomberg.

Hu Xijin, the editor of the nationalistic state-owned Global Times newspaper, wrote on Twitter than the U.S. had ordered China to close the Houston facility in 72 hours.

"This is a crazy move," said Xijin. Wang's remarks came hours after Houston emergency services were called to the consulate following reports of staff burning documents there.

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