A gaggle of panicked Chinese diplomats were observed burning piles of documents on Wednesday, after the US ordered the closure of a key Chinese consulate in Houston that has long been considered to be a major center of Chinese spy activity.
As The Daily Mail reports:
The U.S. abruptly ordered the closure of China’s consulate in Houston, Texas on Tuesday night – leading to Chinese diplomats burning documents and papers in trash cans in the courtyard of the building.
The State Department claims the immediate action is needed to ‘protect American intellectual property’ and other private information of American citizens.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, the acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, claimed in a tweet Wednesday morning that ‘China’s Houston consulate is a massive spy center.’
Police were told that occupants of the consulate have until 4:00 p.m. Friday to vacate the property.
Firefighters responding to reports of a smoke and fire at the embassy were not allowed inside to distinguish the blaze. What documents the Chinese were attempting to burn and what information they contain is unknown.