US takes over former Chinese consulate in Houston
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U.S. officials were seen entering and setting up a presence around the former Chinese consulate in Houston after the diplomats there vacated under orders from the Trump administration. 

U.S. officials were seen in videos prying open a back door, and local law enforcement set up a perimeter around the building Friday afternoon. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE ordered the consulate closed earlier this week, accusing China of working to steal intellectual property. Chinese officials called the move an “unprecedented escalation” and vowed retaliation. 


“The US move seriously breached international law, the basic norms of international relations, and the terms of the China-US Consular Convention,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement last week. “It gravely harmed China-US relations. The measure taken by China is a legitimate and necessary response to the unjustified act by the US. It conforms with international law, the basic norms of international relations, and customary diplomatic practices." 

Beijing ultimately responded by ordering the U.S. to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu.

The FBI also said this week it believes the Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring a Chinese researcher, Tang Juan, who is accused of lying about her connection to China’s military wing on a visa application.