U.S. Orders China to Close Houston Consulate

HONG KONG—The U.S. purchased the abrupt closure of China’s consulate in Houston, a extraordinary escalation

HONG KONG—The U.S. purchased the abrupt closure of China’s consulate in Houston, a extraordinary escalation in bilateral tensions that Beijing condemned as outrageous and unparalleled.

Washington’s demand, issued Tuesday, marked “a political provocation unilaterally released by the U.S.,” Chinese Overseas Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin explained Wednesday at a program briefing in Beijing. “China urges the U.S. to instantly rescind its faulty determination, normally China will undertake respectable and essential responses.”