Washington's move to close the Chinese Consulate General in Houston is likely to fuel decoupling between the world's two largest economies, a U.S. scholar said.
"From the very start of this administration, there has been a steady drumbeat to increase attacks on China. This is just another step toward decoupling and a cold war," Josef Gregory Mahoney, a professor of politics at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, told Beijing Review.
U.S. President Donald Trump finally acknowledged the tremendous difficulty the United States faces in coping with the novel coronavirus disease outbreak and wishes to distract people from the failures of his governance by once again blaming China for American problems, Mahoney added.
The U.S. Government has demanded that the Chinese Consulate General in Houston cease operations to "protect American intellectual property," a move that the Chinese Embassy in the United States called a "political provocation."
"The U.S. accusations are groundless fabrications, and the excuses it cites are far-fetched and untenable. For the U.S. side, if it is bent on attacking China, it will never be short of excuses," the embassy said in a statement released on July 22.
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