The United States ordered the closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday night, July 21, 2020. Allow 72 hours for Chinese diplomats to burn documents and paper in the trash in the courtyard of the consulate.

The State Department claims that the immediate closure is necessary to "protect US intellectual property and other private information of "American citizens."

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, confirmed on Twitter Wednesday morning: "The Chinese consulate in Houston is a major intelligence center." "It is too late to force the closure," he added.

China strongly condemned the decision as consulates were notified of the closure on Tuesday. Amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin called the move "disgusting and unreasonable." Both countries.

"Unilateral closure and closure of the Chinese Consulate General in Hu," Wang Wenbin told a news conference in Beijing. This short period of time is unprecedented, and recent US actions are stepping up anti-country protests. China. ”

Wang Wenbin warned of strong countermeasures if the United States does not return to normalcy.

In addition to the US Embassy in Beijing, the United States also has five consulates in mainland China, including Shanghai, Guangzhou. Wu, Qindu, Wuhan and Xianyang.

Houston, Texas was the first Chinese consulate to be established in 1979, after the United States and China. Diplomatic relations.