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China orders U.S. to close a consulate in tit-for-tat

24.07.20, 10:11

Beijing — China ordered the United States on Friday to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu, ratcheting up a diplomatic conflict at a time when relations have sunk to their lowest level in decades.

The move was a response to the Trump administration's order this week for Beijing to close its consulate in Houston after Washington accused Chinese agents of trying to steal medical and other research in Texas.

The Chinese foreign ministry appealed to Washington to reverse its "wrong decision."

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U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have stepped up accusations of technology theft. In a speech Thursday, Pompeo said some Chinese students and others "come here to steal our intellectual property and to take this back to their country."

In the speech, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California, Pompeo accused the Chinese of taking advantage of the opportunity Nixon opened for them in 1972 to lie, cheat and steal their way to power and prosperity. Pompeo called for the free world to "induce" change in China, making an overt appeal for a new coalition of democratic nations to force the Chinese Communist Party change direction or face isolation. Pompeo said western engagement with China can't continue as it's been going.

Pompeo's speech was just the latest in series of Trump administration broadsides against China that have become an almost daily occurrence with Cabinet-level officials from Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Attorney General Bill Barr launching harsh criticisms of Beijing. The three men have each delivered public addresses attacking China in recent weeks, as has FBI director Christopher Wray.

President Trump, who in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic was playing up his "friendship" and positive relationship with Chinese President Xi in an apparent effort to preserve trade negotiations with the Chinese, now seems to have signed off on an all-out assault on China. This comes as his polling numbers decline over COVID-19 and he looks to paint his presumed challenger in November's election, former Vice President Joe Biden, as soft on China. 

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