The smoke columns and the smell motivated the deployment of the firefighters, who were unable to enter the place
Officials at the Chinese consulate in Houston burned a significant amount of secret documents after the United States ordered the closure of the diplomatic headquarters , causing the deployment of the Fire Department, which was unable to enter the diplomatic headquarters.
In a tweet, Houston police explained that officers responded to a notice to firefighters at the Chinese consulate building at 3417 Montrose Blvd. According to the message, smoke could be seen outside the courtyard, and police officers were not They received authorization to enter the property .
Images captured from neighboring buildings show how officials burned papers in containers, in an apparent emergency protocol .
“You can smell the burnt paper, but firefighters only surround the building, they cannot enter,” a witness told the KPRC 2 network. Smoke columns rose above the buildings and were visible from the street.
Later, the consulate employees put out the fire in the containers with hoses
Meanwhile, the diplomacy of the Xi Jinping regime condemned the American decision. “This is a political provocation unilaterally launched by the US side that seriously violates international law,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, told reporters.
The decision comes amid tensions between the two powers over Hong Kong’s security law, allegations of espionage, or the human rights situation in the northwest Xinjiang region.
For its part, the US State Department explained that the measure was taken “to protect American intellectual property and the private information of Americans.”
China has five consulted in the United States. The one in Houston (Texas) opened in 1979