“Daniel Russel, who served in Mr. Stilwell’s job during the Obama administration, said closing the Houston consulate ‘further reduces the few remaining diplomatic channels between the two sides and is a step that will prove difficult to reverse.’

“’The China accusation that this move has more to do with presidential politics than with intellectual property is hard to argue with,’ said Mr. Russel, now a vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute…”

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