The editor-in-chief of the Global Times has previously claimed that Washington has asked Beijing to close one of its five consulates in the country, one in Houston, Texas. The Chinese Foreign Ministry later confirmed the report. This is according to the release of Sputnik on July 22, 2020.

The United States has asked China to close its passport and visa offices at the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, Texas, according to the Global Times editor-in-chief quoted by Reuters.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed the development, saying Washington had immediately notified Beijing to close its Texas consulate on July 21.

According to a daily briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, Beijing strongly condemned the decision and called on the United States to cancel the move, while calling for retaliatory measures.

Beijing currently operates five consulates general in the United States, including offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC.