Trump just sent a shot across China’s bow with this swift action that stunned Chinese officials
President Donald Trump has never been a fan of China.
Even before he was President, he has gone after them for ripping off the U.S.
And Trump just sent a shot across China’s bow with this swift action that stunned Chinese officials.
Nothing has done more to harm American industry than China.
They utilize what is basically slave labor to manufacture goods at costs nobody can compete with while paying a reasonable wage, and then utilize one-sided trade deals to import their goods for next to nothing.
On the campaign trail, Trump talked about this at length, and threatened to force China to pay fair tariffs on goods, which would create incentive for American industry to produce goods.
After all, it is the United States who used to build things, not China.
In response to Trump’s tough-on-China policies, their country’s communist government has increased their hostile actions against the United States.
And now evidence emerged that China has been spying and hacking American companies for a long time.
Much of their spying has been carried out through their consulates within the United States.
And in an unprecedented move, U.S. officials ordered the China’s consulate in Houston closed.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin called the move an “unprecedented escalation,” and a “political provocation unilaterally launched by the U.S. side, which seriously violates international law, basic norms governing international relations and the bilateral consular agreement between China and the U.S.”
But U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus says that the closure was to “protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.”
“The United States will not tolerate [China’s] violations of our sovereignty and intimidation of our people, just as we have not tolerated the [its] unfair trade practices, theft of American jobs, and other egregious behavior,” she said. “President Trump insists on fairness and reciprocity in U.S.-China relations.”
Just after the closure, the Houston fire department was sent to the consulate in response to a massive fire burning in the small courtyard within the consulate.
Videos appear to show them burning massive piles of papers, likely trying to hide evidence of wrongdoing.
It has been known that this consulate in particular has been used to house anti-American spying.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) praised the decision to shut it down, stating that the “Houston consulate is a massive spy center,” and that “forcing it to close is long overdue.”