Yet the forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston and China’s order to shutter the US consulate in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu mark a new low point in ties between the world’s largest economies that can’t be easily smoothed over.
The US has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, according to a media outlet, police were told that occupants were given until 4 p.m. Friday to leave the property.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s comments follow the denial of a bail request in California for a university researcher accused of lying about her ties to China’s military and governing Communist Party to gain access to the United States.
The move also criminalises any US financial transactions with the 11 officials, who include Hong Kong's police commissioner, its security secretary and China's top official in the international financial hub.
Wang accused the US instead of "100 per cent protectionism, 100 per cent self-servingness, 100 per cent unilateral action" in its own economic policies like the Chips Act.
By now, you know the US economy added 128,000 jobs in October — a not-great number, if better than consensus forecasts. Even so, the number masks a weird duality
Relations between the world’s two biggest economies have come under increasing strain amid a series of disputes over trade, human rights and the origins of COVID-19. In its latest move, the United States blacklisted dozens of Chinese companies it said had ties to the military.
The escalating tension between China and the United States has the potential to create a significant rift among nations (“China warns US of ‘increasing tensions’ at trilateral summit,” Aug.19, Gulf Today website). In the midst of a global economic climate marked by inflation and the looming threat of recession, China finds