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China’s consul general in Houston, Texas, said the forced closure of his country’s diplomatic compound by Washington was yet another move that would be “damaging” to already fraying US-China relations.
Cai Wei spoke of his surprise on receiving notice from the Chinese embassy in Washington on Tuesday that his consulate – which was the first to open in the US in 1979 to help usher in a new era of developing relations – had to close in 72 hours.
“I never expected [to be] treated like this,” Cai told local broadcaster ABC13 from inside the consulate general building. “We are coming for friendship and for mutual understanding between China and the United States.”