Selin ATAY -TDO- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin considered the decision to close the U.S. consulate general in Houston a “provocation,” saying it was contrary to basic norms of international relations.
Spokesman for China's foreign ministry said the U.S. move meant the destruction of the bridge established between China and the American people, and called the allegations against the theft of information by intelligence agents in the consulate general “a completely malicious slander.”
"The unilateral short-term closure of China's consulate general in Houston is the most futile of recent U.S. actions to increase tensions with China.” Foreign Ministry Spokesman said.
"China will take the necessary steps to protect its legitimate rights and interests," said Wenbin, without answering the question of whether China would close one of the U.S. missions in the country in exchange for the closure of the consulate general.
The Consulate General in Houston was the first consulate general opened in the country by the Beijing Administration following the establishment of the first diplomatic relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China in 1979.