Tensions between the United States and China have risen after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would consider China with a new strategy of “mistrust and verification,” and China accused the United States of retreating.
“The current situation in China-US relations is not what China wants to see, and the United States is responsible for all of this,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Friday in response to the closure of America by the Chinese consulate in Houston.
“Once again, we call on the United States to withdraw its wrong decision immediately and to create the necessary conditions for the return of bilateral relations,”
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The Trump administration’s decision to close the consulate came after files were burned in the consulate’s yard earlier this week. Houston police and firefighters responded to reports of smoke rising from the yard and visible trash cans, but were barred from entering the premises due to jurisdictional rights.
The State Department responded by giving the consulate three days to cease operations and vacate the premises.
U.S. State Department spokesman Morgan Ortag told Fox News that the decision to close the consulate was “to protect American intellectual property and private information from Americans.”
Pompeo then delivered a disgusting speech at the Nixon Library on Thursday, calling the Houston consulate a “hub for spying and stealing IP,” adding that China-US relations had changed dramatically since President Nixon’s trip to China in 1972. marks a shift towards harmonious relations between the two countries.
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“The old paradigm of blind commitment to China will simply not fulfill it,” Pompeo said. “It simply came to our notice then. We must not return to it. “
“President Reagan dealt with the Soviets on the basis of ‘trust, but check.’ When it comes to the CCP [Communist Party of China]”I say ‘distrust and verification,'” Pompeo said, meaning a change in attitudes.
“China has noticed that Pompeo has chosen Richard Nixon’s presidential library as a place to deliver his speech,” Wenbin told a news conference on Friday.
“On the part of the United States, President Richard Nixon has begun the process of normalizing relations between China and the United States, contributing to the development of bilateral relations,” the spokesman said. “However, for those American politicians who spread and spread lies and rumors against China, history is a fair judge.”
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Nixon’s visit in 1972 was the first presidential visit to the United States since the Communist Party took office in 1949.
“We call on the US government to reject its thinking and ideological leanings towards the Cold War, to consider China-China-US relations fairly, to refrain from negative words and deeds, and to create conditions for the return of bilateral relations.” Wenbin said on Friday.
The Chinese government closed the US consulate in Chengdu, China, on Friday, most likely in retaliation for closing the consulate in Houston.