Infuriated by the “unprecedented escalation” of American diplomatic hostility toward China, their foreign ministry threatened to “retaliate” using undisclosed “countermeasures” on Wednesday. It appears that Xi Jinping is more than a little upset that Donald Trump just evicted the Chinese consulate from Houston, Texas.
China condemns ‘unprecedented escalation’
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump evicted the Chinese consulate from Houston, Texas. He gave them 72 hours to clear out their building and close shop by Friday. China called the move “unprecedented escalation” even while they were burning files in every available trash can. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin threatened “to retaliate,” Fox News reports, in his daily news briefing.
All the espionage and intellectual property theft were proceeding as normal on Tuesday, Wang recalls, when suddenly, without warning, they got their eviction notice. “China demands the U.S. revoke the wrong decision,” he exclaimed. If not, “China would take necessary countermeasures.” One local resident chuckles, “You could just smell the paper burning.”
Outside the consulate, a firetruck was standing by. They got initial reports of a fire at the consulate and rolled to the scene but nobody from China would let them in. Witnesses relate, “people were burning paper in what appeared to be trash cans.” One neighbor told the local news, “all the firefighters were just surrounding the building. They couldn’t go inside.”
You bet it’s confirmed
When Fox reached out to the State Department for confirmation that the China was being kicked out of the country, Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus confirmed it so enthusiastically it amounts to, “heck yes, we kicked them out!” There was no doubt or political weasel wording in her response at all. They were told to leave in order “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.”
Not only that, “the U.S. will not tolerate the PRC’s violations of our sovereignty and intimidation of our people, just as we have not tolerated the PRC’s unfair trade practices, theft of American jobs, and other egregious behavior.” She must have been hanging around with Kayleigh McEnany. The People’s Republic of China needs to learn to play fair.
She also added that “President Trump insists on fairness and reciprocity in U.S.-China relations.” The Chinese news are also reporting that “the consulate was ordered to close by Friday along with a compound where many consulate employees live, citing police sources.”