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WASHINGTON: US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the Chinese consulate in Houston which Washington has ordered shut was a center for espionage and operations to illegally obtain US companies’ trade secrets.
“This week we closed down China’s consulate in Houston because it was a hub of spying and intellectual property theft,” Pompeo said in a California speech on China’s threat to the world.
“China ripped off our prized intellectual property and trade secrets costing millions of jobs across America” he said.

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