US federal agents and local security forces entered the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, Texas on Friday after the Washington deadline for closing was met.
According to the Houston Chronicle newspaper, agents entered the building 40 minutes after the deadline. Meanwhile, security teams wearing state of affairs t-shirts guarded the back entrance.
Shortly before the deadline, the Houston police had put a barrier around the building that the Chinese government had occupied for four decades and blocked the surrounding streets.
Several members of the US State Department said during a meeting with reporters on Friday that the Chinese Consulate General in Houston was involved in a fraud investigation carried out by a Texas institution and members of the Mission diplomatic “were directly involved in and directing communications with investigators what information to collect. “