China denounces U.S. request to close Houston consulate

Added On July 24, 2020

China has said that the U.S. request to close the Chinese Consulate General in Houston will damage bilateral relations seriously.
That was according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Thursday.
SOUNDBITE: WANG WENBIN, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
"The U.S. move is a serious breach of international law and basic norms governing international relations as well as bilateral consular agreement. It is causing serious damage to bilateral ties and taking down the bridge of friendship between Chinese and U.S. people."
Wang said Chinese diplomatic missions in the United States, including the consulate general in Houston, have been committed to promoting friendship and cooperation between the two peoples, and have always adhered to international and local laws in performing their duties.
Meanwhile, the U.S. decision has drawn criticisms worldwide.
Hussein Ismail, a researcher at Egypt State Information Service, said "The U.S. move is a unilateral political provocation, a serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations, a reflection of the arrogance of the U.S. government and a destruction of China-U.S. relations."
Ali Sarwar Naqvi, executive director at the Islamabad-based Center, said "The U.S. move has shocked the world because people got scared of the direction in which the United States is taking the world. Such a condemnable and immature decision is totally against the diplomatic norms and a sheer violation of the Vienna Convention."
Volodymyr Volya, an expert at the Ukrainian Institute of Politics said
"The United States is using 'China card' so that U.S. President Donald Trump can turn the election situation in his favor"