POLITICS

China Plays Tit-For-Tat

Following the decision by Washington to close the Chinese consulate in the city of Houston, China has ordered the United States to close its consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

The Chinese foreign ministry said recently in a statement that the Chengdu mission’s closure was a “legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable measures by the United States.”

“The current situation in China-US relations is not what China desires to see.” It added that “the US is responsible for all this”.

“We once again urge the United States to immediately retract its wrong decision and create necessary conditions for bringing the bilateral relationship back on track.”

The tit-for-tat moves come amid a dramatic escalation in tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.

Earlier in the week, Washington gave Beijing 72 hours to close its mission in Houston, Texas, alleging the theft of intellectual property and espionage – a claim the Chinese side called “malicious slander”.

Ties have also deteriorated over a number of issues, ranging from the new coronavirus pandemic to Beijing’s trade and business practices, and its territorial claims in the South China Sea to its clampdown in Hong Kong and the far western region of Xinjiang.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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