A bunch of males accompanied by a U.S. State Department official had been seen forcing open a door on the Chinese consulate in Houston on Friday, shortly after a U.S. authorities closure order for the mission took impact at four pm Central Time (21.00 GMT).
The group included a person who gave the impression to be the State Department’s prime official for international missions, Cliff Seagroves. The group didn’t reply when requested who they had been by reporters and a State Department spokesperson declined to reply questions on Seagroves or the group’s exercise on the consulate.
After the lads pried open a rear door and went inside, two uniformed members of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security arrived to protect the door. They didn’t reply to questions from reporters.
The Chinese embassy in Washington didn’t reply to a request for remark. Consulate workers had exited the Houston constructing shortly after four pm and left in automobiles earlier than the door was pressured open, in response to a Reuters witness.