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Washington, D.C.- Congressman Michael McCaul, Republican Leader on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston. 

“As Assistant Secretary Stilwell said this morning, the Chinese consulate in Houston is the epicenter of the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing research theft in the US, particularly for stealing sensitive information to build up their military. The CCP’s recent targeting of U.S. coronavirus vaccine research underscores the threat of this consulate’s malign activity in Houston, a biomedical research and technology hub itself. I am hopeful this action will deal a significant blow to the CCP’s spy network in the U.S. and send a clear message that their widespread espionage campaigns will no longer go unchecked.”