‘Cease the smear’: Beijing unloads on Pompeo after he calls Chinese language consulate in New York ‘main spy hub’

Beijing has accused Washington of “upsetting bother” after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the nation’s normal consulate in New York is used for espionage, rejecting the allegation as “malicious slander.”

Chinese language International Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin hit again at Pompeo on Friday, after the highest US diplomat instructed the New York Submit that Beijing was working a spying operation out of its New York consulate.

“Pompeo’s allegations regarding Chinese language diplomatic and consular missions within the US and their employees are purely malicious slanders,” Wang stated at a press briefing, insisting that Chinese language employees act in “strict accordance” with worldwide legislation and bilateral agreements between the 2 nations.

We urge the US to right away cease smearing Chinese language diplomatic and consular missions and employees within the US, cease gathering vaporous rumors and upsetting bother [and] earnestly fulfill its worldwide legislation obligations.

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Pompeo’s feedback to the Submit got here simply days after a New York police officer, Baimadajie Angwang, was charged with wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official continuing whereas allegedly working as an agent for Beijing. The secretary of state stated he believed different diplomats and “brokers” would face prices sooner or later.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration slapped Chinese language diplomats with new restrictions, requiring them to acquire official approval earlier than visiting college campuses and internet hosting sure cultural occasions outdoors mission grounds. The transfer is the most recent in a sequence of tit-for-tat actions taken by each international locations, which additionally prompted Beijing to impose comparable restrictions on US diplomats working in China.

Washington additionally abruptly shuttered China’s consulate in Houston, Texas over the summer time, which Pompeo additionally accused of working as a “den of spies,” suggesting diplomatic employees posed a menace to US commerce secrets and techniques. That transfer, too, triggered a response from China, which reciprocally closed an American facility in Chengdu.

“It hasn’t been lengthy because the US unilaterally provoked an incident by flagrantly closing China’s consulate normal in Houston, to which China has made professional and mandatory responses,” Wang went on. “Now it’s once more slinging mud at China in an try and justify its wanton acts. This reveals a responsible conscience attempting to cowl up the plain.”

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Since taking workplace, President Donald Trump has steadily ramped up an offensive on Beijing, taking goal at Chinese language tech companies – together with telecom big Huawei and app makers ByteDance and Tencent – whereas repeatedly pinning blame on the nation for the coronavirus pandemic. US navy operations within the South and East China Seas, in the meantime, have spiked in latest months, with one incident in late August seeing a US spy airplane flying right into a closed navy zone because the Chinese language navy carried out stay fireplace drills, which Beijing slammed as a harmful “provocation” that might have led to “accidents.”

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