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China Orders U.S. To Close Consulate In Retaliation For Houston Closure

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The Chinese Communist government has told the U.S. to close its consulate in Chengdu, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. The order was given the same day that the U.S. has asked China to close its Houston, Texas consulate.

“The current situation in China-US relations is not what China desires to see, and the US is responsible for all this. We once again urge the US to immediately retract its wrong decision and create necessary conditions for bringing the bilateral relationship back on track,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.

Earlier this week, a fire broke out in China’s Houston Consulate. Many suspect Chinese officials were burning documents in the building’s courtyard. According to witnesses, law enforcement and fire officials never entered the building and the fire mysteriously went out on its own. Soon after, the U.S. ordered the consulate’s speedy closure, giving employees 72 hours to vacate the building.

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the Chinese Communist Party in a speech from the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in California. Speaking before U.S. officials and Chinese dissidents, Pompeo expressed the need to change our engagement strategy when it comes to China.

Pompeo explained, “My experience in the House Intelligence Committee, and then as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and my now two-plus years as America’s Secretary of State have led me to this central understanding:”

“That the only way – the only way to truly change communist China is to act not on the basis of what Chinese leaders say, but how they behave,” he added. “And you can see American policy responding to this conclusion. President Reagan said that he dealt with the Soviet Union on the basis of ‘trust but verify.’ When it comes to the CCP, I say we must distrust and verify.”

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VIDEO: Chinese military plane comes ‘dangerously’ close to U.S. aircraft over South China Sea

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The United States Army recorded and released unnerving video of a close encounter with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea. The Chinese military plane came “dangerously” close to the U.S. military aircraft in the international airspace last week, the U.S. military announced on Thursday.

The Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), the command responsible for overseeing U.S. operations in the area, said in a statement that the encounter occurred on December 21, during which a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a U.S. Air Force RC-135, a reconnaissance plane with about 30 people on board.

According to a U.S. military spokesperson, the Chinese jet came within 10 feet of the airplane’s wing, but 20 feet from its nose, causing the U.S. aircraft to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.

 

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