Chinese officials burned classified documents at the Chinese Consulate in Houston as the US ordered China to “cease all operations and events,” while Beijing has threatened to retaliate.
Plus, Trump signs order to prevent illegal aliens from being counted to redraw voting districts.
US forces closure of Chinese consulate as China tries to burn information and threatens retaliation
Both the Houston Fire Department and Houston Police Department responded to reports of documents being set on fire in the courtyard at the Chinese Consulate-General in Houston, Daily Wire reported. Chinese officials were rushing to burn classified documents in the wake of an order by the United States for China to “cease all operations and events.”
The Houston Police tweeted that its officers responded to a request to “meet the firefighter” where smoke was observed in the courtyard area but they were not granted access to enter the building.
Under the Vienna Convention, which covers diplomatic missions, countries can refuse access requests from the host country.
US State Department statement accuses China of cyber-theft
“We have directed the closure of PRC Consulate General Houston in order to protect American intellectual property and American’s private information,” the US State Department said in a statement.
NBC reported that a spokeswoman for the State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said the U.S. was acting to “protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.”
“The United States will not tolerate the PRC’s (People Republic of China) 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. President Trump insists on fairness and reciprocity in US-China relations,” Ortagus said.
Top US officials, including those from the Justice Department and FBI, accused China of being a rogue cyber thief, using some of their strongest language to date while putting the Chinese communist government in the same category as other major US adversaries including Russia, Iran, and North Korea, NBC reported.
The Justice Department announced an indictment against two Chinese nationals on Tuesday, who are both in China, charging them with the hacking of governments, COVID-19 vaccine research, dissidents, human rights activists, and private companies.
China threatens retaliation
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin condemned the US for dispelling its representatives from its consulate in Houston on Wednesday while threatening retaliation, ABC13 Houston reported.
“The U.S. abruptly demanded that China’s Consulate General in Houston cease all operations and events,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. “China strongly condemns such an outrageous and unjustified move which will sabotage China-U.S. relations.”
“The unilateral closure of China’s consulate general in Houston within a short period of time is an unprecedented escalation of its recent actions against China,” Wang said at a daily briefing.
Trump signs order preventing illegal immigrants from being counted in the U.S. Census, which could redraw voting districts
President Donald Trump took action to prevent the counting of illegal immigrants in the US census to be used for the purposes of redrawing congressional districts, which can have a big impact on voting, Fox reported.
The order was titled: “Ensuring American Citizens Receive Proper Representation in Congress.”
President Donald Trump said: “It is the policy of the United States to exclude from the apportionment base aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status… to the maximum extent feasible and consistent with the discretion delegated to the executive branch.
“There used to be a time when you could proudly declare, ‘I am a citizen of the United States,'” Trump said in a statement. “But now, the radical left is trying to erase the existence of this concept and conceal the number of illegal aliens in our country.”
“This is all part of a broader left-wing effort to erode the rights of Americans citizens, and I will not stand for it,” President Trump added.