This Friday was really a bad day for the United States as China ordered its consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu to close in retaliation for one of its missions in the United States being shuttered, capping a furious week of Cold War-style diplomacy.
The closure announcement came after a stream of warnings from top American officials about the “tyranny” of China, and Chinese nationals being indicted in the United States on various charges.
The Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement that Ordering the Chengdu consulate to cease operation was a “legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable measures by the United States
“The current situation in China-US relations is not what China desires to see, and the US is responsible for all this.”
The ministry made it clear that the closure was directly in response to the United States on Tuesday ordering the Chinese consulate in Houston to shut down.
Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State said this week that the Houston mission was a “hub of spying and intellectual property theft”.
While Marco Rubio, the Republican Senator called the consulate the “central node of the Communist Party’s vast network of spies and influence operations in the United States”.
China had earlier described the allegations as “malicious slander”.
Recall that the order on Houston came a day after the US Justice Department unveiled the indictment of two Chinese nationals for allegedly hacking hundreds of companies and attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine research.
The Justice Department then announced Thursday indictments of four Chinese researchers it said lied about their ties to the People’s Liberation Army, with one escaping arrest by taking refuge in China’s San Francisco consulate.