US gives China just 72 hours to close Houston consulate
The US says it is to protect the American people and their intellectual property, as China warns of retaliation
Beijing/Washington — The US has told China to close its consulate in Houston in a dramatic worsening of ties between the world’s two biggest economies, and a source said Beijing is considering shutting the US consulate in Wuhan in retaliation.
Washington “abruptly demanded” closure of the Houston consulate on Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry said, calling the move an “unprecedented escalation”. The editor of an official Chinese media outlet said China had been given 72 hours to do so...