The State Department of United States of America has said that the order of closure of China Consulate in Houston was made in response to repeated Chinese violations of American sovereignty, which showed that US would not tolerate China’s “egregious behavior.”
The State Department spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus disclosed this on Tuesday, she said the People’s Republic of China has engaged for years in massive illegal spying and influence operations throughout the United States against U.S. government officials and American citizens.
She further said that the move would protect American intellectual property and Americans private information. She did not elaborate, but the administration has repeatedly accused China of various attempts to steal commercial and military secrets, allegations that Beijing has rejected.
Meanwhile, The Justice Department said that an indictment had been secured against two Chinese hackers whom officials have accused of trying to steal information about coronavirus vaccine research as US ordered China to close its diplomatic consulate in Houston within 72 hours, dealing another blow to the rapidly deteriorating relations between the two countries.