mcloudy.png
Sunday June 20th, 2021 6:16PM

China accuses US of improperly entering Houston consulate

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign ministry complained Saturday that American law enforcement officials improperly entered its consulate in Houston, which was ordered to close in an escalating diplomatic feud.

The ministry gave no details, but U.S. federal agents checked the consulate's doors and a locksmith was seen working on a lock Friday after Chinese diplomats left ahead of a 4 p.m. deadline to close.

U.S.-Chinese relations have plunged to their lowest level in decades amid conflicts over trade, technology, Hong Kong, spying accusations and complaints of abuses against Chinese Muslims.

The Trump administration ordered the Houston consulate closed this week, saying Chinese agents tried to steal medical and other research in Texas. Beijing responded by ordering Washington to close its consulate in the southwest Chinese city of Chengdu.

“As for the U.S. side’s forcible entry into the premises of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, China expresses strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition,” said a foreign ministry statement. “China will make a proper and necessary response to this.”

The statement said that the Houston consulate was Chinese property, and that under diplomatic treaties American officials had no right to enter.

In Chengdu, spectators snapped photos outside the U.S. Consulate on Saturday as police in T-shirts and surgical masks stood on the sidewalk and the closed-off street in front of the walled compound.

A bus drove into the compound, but spectators saw few other signs of action.

On Friday, a man was detained by police after he set off firecrackers outside the consulate at about 7 p.m., Chengdu police said on their social media account. It said the man was given a warning.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: German cruise ship out for 1st time since virus
A German cruise ship has set sail for the first time since the industry was shut down because of the coronavirus, with strict precautions
9:58AM ( 11 minutes ago )
California, Florida, Texas lose House seats with Trump order
A new analysis shows which states would be most impacted by President Donald Trump's order to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the redrawing of U.S. House districts
9:53AM ( 17 minutes ago )
New book outlines Prince Harry's less-than-fond farewell
A new book on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lays bare the turmoil in the House of Windsor before the pair walked away from senior roles in the family
9:52AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
South Korea reports case spike; US states tighten controls
South Korea has reported more than 100 new coronavirus cases for the first time in four months as more American states tightened anti-disease controls in response to rising infections
8:36AM ( 1 hour ago )
Pregnant women at risk of death in Kenya's COVID-19 curfew
Veronica Atieno remembers feeling her way through the dark alleys between the shacks that make up Nairobi's slums
8:06AM ( 2 hours ago )
Death of young actor fuels debate on nepotism in Bollywood
The entertainment capital of India may be reeling under the coronavirus onslaught, but its celebrity inhabitants are being roiled by troubles of another kind
6:29AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP World News
The Latest: German cruise ship out for 1st time since virus
A German cruise ship has set sail for the first time since the industry was shut down because of the coronavirus, with strict precautions
9:58AM ( 11 minutes ago )
California, Florida, Texas lose House seats with Trump order
A new analysis shows which states would be most impacted by President Donald Trump's order to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the redrawing of U.S. House districts
9:53AM ( 17 minutes ago )
New book outlines Prince Harry's less-than-fond farewell
A new book on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lays bare the turmoil in the House of Windsor before the pair walked away from senior roles in the family
9:52AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Some worry that White House briefings are a broken tradition
Reporters ask questions, and Kayleigh McEnany stands at the podium to respond
9:49AM ( 20 minutes ago )
Federal agents use tear gas to clear rowdy Portland protest
U.S. agents marched in a line down a street in Oregon early Saturday, clearing out protesters with tear gas at close range
9:40AM ( 29 minutes ago )