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Years of Chinese Spying Led to Consulate Closing, U.S. Says

  • FBI has 2,000 active cases involving Chinese spying: officials
  • U.S. officials forcibly entered Houston compound on Friday
The Chinese flag stands on display outside the China Consulate General building in Houston, Texas, on July 22.

The Chinese flag stands on display outside the China Consulate General building in Houston, Texas, on July 22.

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The Trump administration’s decision to shutter the Chinese consulate in Houston followed years of frustration about what it says were criminal and covert activity directed by Beijing to steal trade secrets and carry out malign influence operations across the U.S.

While two Chinese citizens were convicted in the past year for trying to steal trade secrets in America’s energy capital, three administration officials briefing reporters on Friday said the sum total of activity conducted through the Houston consulate represented the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to concerns about China.