OREANDA-NEWS. The United States demanded the closure of the Chinese Consulate General in the city of Houston (Texas State). Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, said this at a briefing on July 22.

“On July 21, the United States sharply demanded that China close the PRC Consulate General in Houston. This unilateral political provocation by the United States seriously violates international law and key principles of international relations, as well as the consular agreement between China and the United States,” the diplomat said. He pointed out that recently the US government has shifted the blame to Beijing with the help of “stigmatization, unjustified attacks on the social system of China, persecution of employees of the PRC Embassy and consulates in the US, intimidation and interrogation of Chinese students, and even their detention for no reason.” “The unilateral closure of the PRC Consulate General in Houston for a short period of time is an unprecedented escalation of recent US actions towards China,” Wang Wenbin emphasized.