July 22, 2020

Trump ramps up China tensions with consulate shutdown

Featuring Kristine Lee

Source: The Hill

Journalist Laura Kelly

President Trump's move to close the Chinese Consulate in Houston is the latest escalation between Washington and Beijing, whose relations have spiraled at a dizzying pace since March as the novel coronavirus pandemic firmly took hold in the U.S.

While the move is certain to raise temperatures, experts say open conflict is unlikely, as China has traditionally stuck to proportional retaliatory measures.

The administration’s latest move came hours after the Department of Justice on Tuesday indicted two Chinese citizens over a decadelong global hacking campaign, saying they had ties to Chinese intelligence.

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Authors

  • Kristine Lee

    Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Kristine Lee is an Associate Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she focuses on U.S. alliances and partnershi...