What’s behind the Houston decision

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  • China has ordered the U.S. to close its consulate in Chengdu, in response to the U.S.’ directive for China to shut down its consulate in Houston within 72 hours on Tuesday. The latest consulate spat has sent the China-U.S. relations to spiral downward. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday what he calls “America’s blind engagement policy with China” has failed. In his words, “the free world” must change China or China will change them. What’s behind the Houston decision? Are China-U.S. ties coming apart? What could be the fallout, and what can be done about it? #ChinaUS #MikePompeo #Houston

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