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China Plans To Close The US Consulate In Wuhan In Retribution

Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas, USA. Photo: STEVE CAMPBELL / AP / NYT
Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas, USA. Photo: STEVE CAMPBELL / AP / NYT

Earlier, China's Foreign Ministry called on the United States to quickly withdraw its decision to close the Chinese Consulate in Houston.

China is considering closing the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan in retaliation for Washington's closure of China's diplomatic mission in Houston, Texas, Reuters news agency reported on July 22.

Earlier on the same day, China's Foreign Ministry called on the US to immediately withdraw its decision, which it said was the escalation.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wen Bin said the action was a "unilateral provocation" and "a serious violation of international law". Wang warned that Beijing will definitely retaliate unless the US withdraws its decision.

"China asks the US to withdraw the wrong decision. If the US continues, China will take necessary countermeasures." 
Wang said.

Earlier that day, editor-in-chief of the Global Times  Hu Xijin wrote on  Twitter  that the US government had ordered the closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas. The US State Department said the action was intended to "protect US intellectual property".

However, while China has not made a final decision on whether to close the US Consulate in Wuhan, it seems that the US is one step ahead.

According to Hong Kong- based newspaper  The Standard , the US decided not to reopen the Consulate in Wuhan City, which was closed in late January due to the outbreak of COVID-19, a Presidential administration official. Trump said.

The unnamed official also said that failing to reopen the Wuhan Consulate could mitigate Beijing's response to the closure of China's consulate in Houston.

US-China relations have worsened since the outbreak of COVID-19. The US has repeatedly accused China of having hidden the epidemic, causing the disease to spread to the world and affect the United States.

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