China's response to Washington: What is the American Consulate, is it?

The Chinese government held on Thursday further covered how it is to respond to the of America forced closure of its Consulate General in Houston. The newspaper

China's response to Washington: What is the American Consulate, is it?

The Chinese government held on Thursday further covered how it is to respond to the of America forced closure of its Consulate General in Houston. The newspaper "South China Morning Post" reported, citing a "source who was briefed on the matter", China is going to close in retaliation for the American Consulate General in Chengdu.

Friederike Böge

Political correspondent for East Asia.

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Thus, Beijing would strike a balance dam. The American government would not do the Favor, to close the Consulate in Wuhan, which is orphaned due to the Corona outbreak already since February. The party newspaper "Global Times" wrote, who Wuhan, tap, underestimate China's determination. Because the local Consulate was currently vacant, whether the closure is no "equivalent counter-measure to the harassment of the United States".

Should take Beijing, the us mission in Chengdu to target, this would mean that it would not be followed by the Call of nationalist voices in the Chinese Internet after the closure of the Consulate-General in Hong Kong. Letztereres'd call a violent reaction from Washington because the local representation for America is politically and economically of great importance, and its closure because of a dispute over the Hong Kong's "security law" as a provocation would be considered.

the fact that this has been discussed in the Chinese Internet wide, but can be used as a threat understood. For the representation in the Central Chinese city of Chengdu speaks from the Chinese point of view, that in whose jurisdiction the area falls in Tibet, which would enable us to Beijing, the diplomats of interfering in the internal Affairs of reproach.

rejected The American allegations

the statements by The State Department for the closure of the Consulate in Houston, the Chinese rejected foreign Ministry on Thursday as "completely invented". For East Asia, Department head, David Stilwell, told the New York Times, the Consulate was noticed in the past by "subversive behavior" and was an epicenter of intellectual property theft. He called, however, hardly any Details and no evidence for the allegations.

The newspaper also refers to a document from the Department of justice relating to investigations by the FBI, in which the Consulate is called multiple times. Among other things, in connection with the illegal dissemination of medical research results, as well as efforts to research from talent recruitment program to recruit, to get allegedly access to security-relevant research. In the document, the speech that is said to have concealed its Links to the people's liberation army, and in the course of the investigation in the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco escaped from a scientist at the University of California. Washington accuses the Chinese military for some time, specifically researchers in American universities, to inject.

Updated Date: 23 July 2020, 18:19

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