Chinese and US national flags flutter at the entrance of a company office building in Beijing.
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The U.S. State Department confirmed on Wednesday it had ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, prompting Beijing to insist on firm countermeasures unless Washington immediately reverses its decision.
The move comes as political tensions between the world’s two largest economies continue to escalate.
State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said it had directed the closure of the PRC Consulate General Houston, in order to protect American intellectual property and American’s private information.
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