Mumbai: On Wednesday, the Chinese embassy accused the US of taking relations between the two countries on the wrong path, saying it was time to return in the right direction.
“If the Chinese relationship is a vehicle, the US is taking it onto a wrong path, and worse still, it is hitting the accelerator. It’s time to step on the brakes and return to the right direction!” the Chinese Embassy in the US said in a tweet.
If the #ChinaUS relationship is a vehicle, the US is taking it onto a wrong path, and worse still, it is hitting the accelerator. It's time to step on the brakes and return to the right direction！ https://t.co/Sl60WfypAx
— Chinese Embassy in US (@ChineseEmbinUS) July 22, 2020
In an earlier statement, the Chinese embassy slammed the US for “abruptly” demanding the closure of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston.
“It is a political provocative move unilaterally instigated by the US, which is in serious violation of international law, the basic norms governing international relations, and the bilateral consular agreement between China and the US. China strongly condemns and firmly opposes such an outrageous and unjustified move which sabotages China-US relations,” the Embassy said in a statement available on its website.
The two countries have disputed several issues in recent times – China’s move to enforce national security law in Hong Kong, its human rights violations in Xinjiang, and regional invasion in the South China Sea have drawn fierce criticism from Washington.