U.S. decision to close Chinese consulate in Houston “against international law” — Sudanese expert

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KHARTOUM, July 23 (Xinhua) — The U.S. decision to close the Chinese Consulate General in Houston violates the international law, a Sudanese expert has said.

“This decision is against the International law and indicates America’s floundering in its dealing with China,” Hassan al-Saouri, a political science professor at Al Neelain University, said in an interview with Xinhua on Wednesday.

“The U.S. has been trying to put pressure on China,” he added, mentioning that the shutdown of the Chinese consulate testified to its intention.

“These American acts resemble the buzz of insects which does not affect but through the annoying sound and China can overcome this buzz,” he said.

Al-Saouri said that Washington now views Beijing with “jealousy”, given that China’s economy bounced back to growth in the second quarter of the year.

“America is now facing economic challenges after COVID-19, and therefore it inclines to this (rough) dealing with China,” he said.

He added that the United States “must acknowledge the reality and the fact that China is an important international player … It should stop looking for obstacles to slow down the Chinese growth.”

On Tuesday, the U.S. side abruptly requested the Chinese side to close its Consulate General in Houston, the first one set up by China in the United States after the establishment of diplomatic ties.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin rebuked the U.S. move as a serious breach of international law and basic norms governing international relations as well as bilateral consular agreement. Enditem

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