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NBC News 23 Jul 2020

China Threatens Retaliation After U.S. Orders Closure Of Houston Consulate


NBC News' Janis Mackey Frayer reports on the rising tensions between the U.S. and China after the U.S. ordered the closure of China's Houston consulate. The State Department claims the move is to protect Americans' private information.

The diplomatic crisis between China and the United States is deepening.
Staff at the US consulate in Chengdu, China, are leaving after Beijing ordered its closure.
It is in response to the US ordering the closure of China's consulate in Houston, Texas.
Al Jazeera's Katrina Yu reports.
China has ordered the closure of the US consulate in the south-western city of Chengdu, in a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries.

China said the move was in response to the US closing its consulate in Houston, and accused staff in Chengdu of meddling in its internal affairs.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US decision was taken because China was "stealing" intellectual property.

Tensions have been rising between the US and China over several key issues.

President Donald Trump's administration has clashed repeatedly with Beijing over trade and the coronavirus pandemic, as well as China's imposition of a controversial new security law in Hong Kong.

On Friday, Washington urged China to "cease these malign actions rather than engage in tit-for-tat retaliation".
Diplomatic relations between the United States and China are the frostiest they've been in decades. Beijing is retaliating against the U.S. closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston by shuttering the equivalent American mission in Chengdu. Recently, the U.S. also arrested fours Chinese scientists for hiding their army ties on visa applications. Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and a CBSN contributor, joins CBSN's Laura Podesta with analysis on the deterioriating situation.
The U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China is closed. It is China's way of retaliating after the Chinese consulate in Houston was shut down last week. NBC News' Janis Mackey Frayer reports on what this means for relations between the two countries.

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