International: This week, President Trump's administration has stepped up confrontation with Beijing by ordering The Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, closed due to economic espionage concerns. It is a new step in the downward spiral in relations between the two economic powers to an all-time low. For decades.

How serious is this escalation of stress? It is not uncommon for the United States to close any foreign missions, but what has just happened is a rare measure. And there is a deep state that is difficult to understand. This is just a consulate, not an embassy, ​​which means it is not a place of political responsibility, but it Plays an important role in facilitating trade and other communications.

The US move also provoked a counterattack from Beijing. China has ordered the United States to close its consulate in the western Chinese city of Chengdu. Much depends on the diplomatic infrastructure that serves for communication between the two countries.

This reciprocal move is a reflection of the deterioration of relations in the last few months, including Visa restrictions, new rules for diplomatic travel, and the expulsion of journalists from their respective countries. Both sides have come up with one-on-one measures, but the United States is the first to take the lead in the situation. Face this. By: a. Hello