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U.S. Orders China To Close Houston Consulate By Friday

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The United States has ordered the Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas to close after Houston police and fire responded to a fire in the building Wednesday night where documents were reportedly being burned by Consulate employees.

“We have directed the closure of [People’s Republic of China] Consulate General Houston, in order to protect American intellectual property and American’s (sic) private information,” said State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus in a statement Wednesday, according to NPR.

A Houston resident, who lives within blocks of the Consulate, told this reporter Wednesday, “This happened in 2017 too,” adding that Wednesday’s fire took place in the same courtyard at the time and no one evacuated.

The fire Tuesday night was no different, she added, describing a “go-between” negotiator who kept exiting the consulate to speak with officials and entering back into the building.

“I see people in there all the time. And no one, no one ever came out of this building until this guy,” she explained.

“No one put out the fire. There was no ladder truck, there was no hose. It just kept burning.”

Fire officials and police never entered the building from what the resident saw. “I pulled up a chair and sat and watched it the entire time,” she said.

China’s Foreign Ministry received the notice Wednesday to vacate the building by July 24, NPR reported. Beijing, however, responded in condemnation, calling the move “an unprecedented escalation of its recent actions against China.”

The news comes amid rising tensions between the two countries that quickly escalated with the spread of the novel coronavirus earlier this year.

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Experts Say United States Vulnerable to ‘Electromagnetic’ Attack by Chinese

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When Joe Biden was trying to convince Americans to vote for him to become the next President back in 2019, he belittled the concept that China is a danger to the U.S. “Come on man, China’s not a threat” said Biden.

Experts, however, continue to show just how wrong Biden has always been. Fox News reports “experts are warning that the United States is vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from adversaries such as China, and that time is running out to invest in defending the country from it.”

Last week during a virtual forum hosted by the Universal Peace Federation, Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, said “that poses a real threat of possibly being able to win a war with a single blow by means of an EMP attack.”

“Moreover…they don’t envision employing an EMP by itself. It would be used in conjunction with cyberattacks and physical sabotage, and non-nuclear EMP” added Pry. Experts also warn that while an EMP attack would be “bloodless” at first, a yearlong blackout could kill roughly 90% of the American population.

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The U.S. electric grid and other infrastructure – such as communications and transportation systems and water and sewer services – could all be devastated by such an attack, experts like Pry warn, noting that time is of the essence for the U.S. to defend itself.

China already possesses “super EMPs” and last summer tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle that analysts warn could deploy the EMP and cause a long-lasting blackout that would shut down key infrastructure and cripple the military’s ability to communicate.

A Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities details how China has invested heavily in its EMP program, with a strategy that “emphasizes suppressing, degrading, disrupting or deceiving enemy electronic equipment throughout the continuum of a conflict while protecting its ability to use the cyber and electromagnetic spectrum.”

“The PLA is likely to use electronic warfare early in a conflict as a signaling mechanism to warn and deter adversary offensive action. Potential EW targets include adversary systems operating in radio, radar, microwave, infrared and optical frequency ranges, as well as adversary computer and information systems” adds the report.

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