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China has promised to respond to the closure of the Consulate General in Houston

China will take retaliatory measures on the U.S. decision to close Chinese Consulate General in Houston, said Thursday the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of China Wang Wenbin.

Previously, the newspaper South China Morning Post reported, citing sources, that China is considering closing the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan in response to similar action against the Chinese Consulate General in Houston. Reuters reported that Chinese authorities to close the American Consulate General in Wuhan.

"As regards the illegal actions of the United States, China will take necessary measures to protect its legitimate interests," - said at the briefing, Wang Wenbin, commenting on these reports.

In mainland China there are five consular offices of the United States – Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, Chengdu and Wuhan.

Earlier, the US demanded that China close its Consulate General in Houston. The Chinese foreign Ministry called the decision a political provocation and said that it would take retaliatory action. The official U.S. state Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said that Washington ordered to close the Consulate General of China in Houston, in order to ensure protection of intellectual property and personal information of Americans.

The President of the United States Donald trump did not rule out that the us government will require China to close some diplomatic missions in the United States.