China says US has ordered it to close Houston consulate in what it calls a provocation that violates international law

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Breaking overnight. China says the U. S. Has ordered it to close. It's Houston consulate. What it's called a provocation that violates international law. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the U. S abruptly demanded the previous day the consulate cease all operations China, saying it will respond if the decision is not reversed in a statement. Early this morning. The State Department says it did it to protect intellectual property. Media reports out of the Houston area said authorities had responded to reports of a fire at the consulate. The Houston Chronicle, citing police said. Witnesses said people were burning paper. In what appeared to be trash cans that abrupt eviction coming the same day, the Justice Department accused to Chinese hackers of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars of trade secrets more recently targeting firm's developing a vaccine. For the Corona virus that was announced on Tuesday. Campaign targeted intellectual property and confidential business information held by the private sector. Including Cove in 19 related treatment, testing and vaccines. The hackers also targeted the online accounts of non government organizations and individuals, dissidents, clergy and democratic and human rights activists in the United States, China and Hong Kong. Into the indictment. These malicious cyber activities began more than 10 years ago and were ongoing as of the date of the indictment. During that time, the hackers stole terabytes of data from hundreds of targets, establishing themselves as a prolific threat to U. S and foreign networks. Activities outlined in the indictment are concrete examples of two concerning friends first. And one we've seen for some time. China is using cyber intrusions as part of its rob, replicate and replace strategy to technological development, Second and one that is perhaps less appreciated by the public and international partners. China is providing a safe haven for criminal hackers who, as in this case are hacking in part for their own personal game, but willing to help the state And on call to do so.

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