Tuesday, August 11, 2020

U.S. Closes China’s ‘Spy Center’ Consulate in Houston

Chinese operatives at their consulate in Houston, Texas, spent the night and day frantically burning documents and files before it shuts down shortly, according to videos posted on social media. The U.S. State Department ordered China on Tuesday to close its consulate in Houston within 72 hours.

This surprise U.S. move comes amid growing awareness of, and concern over, the massive and unprecedented Chinese intelligence operations in the U.S.

CNN reported a State Department spokesman as saying that China “has engaged for years in massive illegal spying and influence operations” and that those “activities have increased markedly in scale and scope over the past few years.”

More specifically though, reports American Military News, the order to close the consulate “comes a day after the U.S. Department of Justice charged two Chinese hackers working with the Chinese Ministry of State Security in a decade-long intellectual property theft campaign that targeted hundreds of U.S. companies and organizations.”

According to U.S. Attorney William D. Hyslop, the IP theft equated to “literally hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of trade secrets, intellectual property, and other valuable information,”, reported AMN.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told CNN the U.S. directed the closure “in order to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.”

To emphasize the critical role China’s consulate in Houston played in China’s espionage in the U.S., Senator Marco Rubio tweeted:

Rubio also tweeted, “#China’s Houston consulate is a massive spy center, forcing it to close is long overdue.”

Meanwhile, the Chinese continue to desperately destroy incriminating evidence.

“Firefighters arrived at the Chinese consulate in Houston after witness reports that papers were being burned outside in open containers, according to local media reports, citing police,” Bloomberg tweeted with video of fire trucks outside the consulate, reported AMN.

China called the closure an “unprecedented escalation” by the U.S. and threatened to retaliate, according to the South China Morning Post.

China’s Houston consulate was the oldest in the U.S., established shortly after diplomatic ties with Red China were normalized in 1979. This fact, and its location away from Washington, DC, and near oil industry, various regional tech hubs, and NASA, could explain why it would be a center of espionage in the U.S.

Expect tit-for-tat retaliation from the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing and a further ratcheting up of tensions. However, Senator Rubio is right, this move was needed, and long overdue.

More similar U.S. actions to shut down Chinese espionage should follow.

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Paul Crespo
Paul Crespo
Paul Crespo is a defense and national security expert. He served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. He holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. Paul is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and a Contributor to American Defense News.

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Donna
Donna
20 days ago

EXCELLENT !!!! GET THEM THE HELL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY !!!

shirley j dolgin
shirley j dolgin
18 days ago
Reply to  Donna

we had better get ALL of our Americans out of China ASAP .they Will retaliate

Erni
Erni
20 days ago

Brilliant move. It’s ovedue. Thank you President Trimp. God bless you and all your people who made this a reality.

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
20 days ago

We need to bar the gates and burn it to the ground immediately!

Typicalwhiteguy
Typicalwhiteguy
19 days ago
Reply to  Jojodmonkey

With the Chicoms inside. Might as well throw China Joe Biteme and his bribe taking crackhead son Hunter in there with them.

Harry Lowe
Harry Lowe
20 days ago

I hope they parked a radio jamming device across the street too! The locals just won’t have cell phones for 72 hours, small price to pay for national security.

Zues
Zues
20 days ago

I wouldn’t have it any other way. Chinese not going to like it? How about halting all trade with China? Whooops. Nike and other companies would have heartburn with that, wouldn’t they. A week and the Chinese economy is down the toilet. Shouldn’t spy and deliberately unleash another virus pandemic on the U.S. and world. Good for them and bad for Biden and the elite liberal money grubbers.

Typicalwhiteguy
Typicalwhiteguy
19 days ago
Reply to  Zues

That would be a great way to get back at the “woke” NBA and cut off BLM hypocrite LaBron James’ slave labor based lucrative income source. Fewer Nike’s to loot. Boo f’n Hoo!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
19 days ago

Get our people out of OUR Emb in CCP China since they may expect same.

Alan
Alan
19 days ago

Chinese theft of “intellectual property” as it is known is nothing new, it’s been going on for years, or o it appears. How come it took so long for government, under Democratic and Republican administrations past to act?

Sue
Sue
18 days ago
Reply to  Alan

The past administrations are corrupted as hell, Chinese bought them, just like Biden!!!

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