The US demanded that China until July 24 to close the Consulate in Houston (Texas), accusing the employees of this dipuchrezhdeniya of involvement in espionage. This writes The New York Times.
In particular, the us government accused Chinese diplomats of involvement in economic espionage, “stock effect”, subversive activities and attempts to steal scientific data (including on the development of vaccines against coronavirus infection). In this case, said the newspaper, details or evidence of these allegations by the American officials don’t lead.
In China, the demand of Washington are illegal. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of China has vowed to take retaliatory measures without specifying which ones. The publication suggests that Beijing may demand to close the American Consulate in Wuhan.
As writes Reuters, July 21, shortly after the United States notified China of its claim, at the Consulate noticed the smoke. The source of the Agency claims that Chinese diplomats were burned in the courtyard of the incriminating documents. The foreign Ministry of China said that the Consulate is operating normally and refused to comment on this information.
The relationship between the US and China in recent months has seriously deteriorated in the epidemic coronavirus infection, the first cases of which were confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. The President of the United States Donald trump and other U.S. officials have repeatedly accused Beijing of concealing the extent of the outbreak in the early stages that, in their opinion, was the main cause of the pandemic.