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China-U.S. spat escalates

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/24/20, 04:25 am

In retaliation for the Trump administration’s demand earlier this week to close the Chinese Consulate in Houston, Beijing told the United States it has 72 hours to close its consulate in the Sichuan capital, which monitors Tibet and southwest China. The Chinese Foreign Ministry called the closure a necessary response and urged the United States to retract its order to close the Houston consulate. U.S. officials accuse Chinese diplomats in Houston of stealing scientific research and economic secrets.

Why the escalation between the two powers? In a Thursday speech, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared U.S. engagement with China a failure. He cited China repressing Uighurs in Xinjiang, denying Hong Kong of its freedoms, spreading its propaganda in the United States, and stealing U.S. intellectual property. “The only way to truly change communist China is to act not on the basis of what Chinese leaders say, but how they behave,” he said.

Dig Deeper: Read Pompeo’s full speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 07/24/2020 03:07 pm

    And what do the Dems and US media say about this?  

    "There is no reason for this hostility against China.  Trump is only doing this because the election is coming in 4 months."

    Right.  So President Trump should do absolutely nothing for the next four months, "because he only does stuff to get votes from his ignorant racist supporters."  
    I don't think so!


  • Big Jim
    Posted: Fri, 07/24/2020 03:53 pm

    Folks may not realize it due to the lack of emphasis in the news cycle but China was, is and will continue to be the greatest threat to the free world. The Chinese Communist Party is not our friend.

    Posted: Fri, 07/24/2020 05:10 pm

    China doth protest TOO much about Houston.

    And we should get out of China. Especially away from Wuhan.

    Posted: Sat, 07/25/2020 02:07 am

    Thank you, Onize, for providing a link that truly digs deeper by going to a primary source: the US Department of State for a copy of Mike Pompeo's speech.

    My hope and prayer is that future Sift articles and other World reporting will provide links to similar primary sources: for example, C-SPAN for White House and other federal-level press briefings and news events (including presidential campaign speeches).