China orders the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu on Friday as a retaliatory move against the US government’s action of closing China’s consulate in Houston, as per a CNN report.
US diplomats in China were given notice of its closure on Friday morning, said its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As per a CNN report, the US diplomats were given the order to “stop” its “business and activities.”
According to a CGTN report, China blames Washington for escalating tensions between the two countries.
The US should withdraw its wrong decision, said Wang Wenbin, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson in a press conference.
He also urged the US to make efforts in fixing its relationship with China and return into normalcy its bilateral ties with them.
Wang added that the US diplomats interfered on matters that are out of their diplomatic responsibilities.
On Wednesday, the US State Department released a directive to close China’s consulate in Houston, as per a CNBC report.
The action was made to protect American citizen’s “intellectual property” and private data, said the State Department’s spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus.
China gave the US consulate 72 hours to close, said Hu Xijin, Editor in Chief of the Global Times in his Twitter post.
US’ Issue on Cybersecurity Against China
It is not the first time that the US government launched an action against China on the issue of cybersecurity.
Last year, the US included Huawei in an “export control list”, as per a Financial Times report.
According to the report, the US government believes that China is using Huawei to carry out cyber-espionage against the US.
However, China was able to make use of technical loopholes in US’ first sanction, said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, as per the Economic Times.
In May, the US government launched new sanctions against Huawei to address those loopholes.
Through its new sanctions, the US was able to limit Huawei’s capacity in using US tech for its development.
Just this month, there were reports of banning TikTok.