Chinese students in US colleges and universities have been warned by their government to “be on guard” for arbitrary interrogations and detention. The warning came Wednesday hours after the US ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston within 72 hours, reported AFP.
“Recently, US law enforcement agencies have stepped up arbitrary interrogations, harassment, confiscation of personal belongings and detention targeting Chinese international students in the US,” said a social media statement by the foreign ministry.
The US accused China of economic espionage and alleged theft of scientific research escalating US-Chinese tensions further.
China has called the move illegal. The New York Times reported that consulate employees burned papers in metal barrels in the courtyard of the Houston consulate.
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