China's Foreign Ministry Says U.S. Ordered Abrupt Closure Of Houston Consulate
The US abruptly asked China to close its Consulate-General in Houston, Texas in 72 hours starting July 21, the Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.
The Chinese embassy in the US on Thursday strongly condemned Washington's request to close the Chinese Consulate-General in Houston, saying the move is a political provocation unilaterally initiated against China by the US side.
Noting that China is committed to the principle of non-interference in other countries' domestic affairs, the embassy refuted the US side's groundless accusation and urged the US to immediately withdraw its erroneous decision.
According to the embassy, it is the US that has imposed unjustified restrictions on Chinese diplomatic personnel.
Cai Wei, Consul General of China in Houston, urged the US to "revoke the erroneous closing decision immediately," noting that otherwise, China will have to respond with legitimate and necessary actions.
Cai made the remarks in a joint interview with US media outlets on Wednesday.
He also refuted numerous lies about the Consulate-General from the US side, saying that repeating a lie a thousand times doesn't make it truth.
"Some US politicians lied for the so-called 'political correctness,' while ignoring people's lives and well-being.
In the end, they will harm others as well as themselves.
We advise those US politicians to stop playing their tricks as soon as possible," Cai stressed.