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China plans retaliation for Houston consulate closure

Announcement expected Friday, while US looks at San Francisco next

A paramilitary policeman stands guard near the site of a blast outside the American Embassy in Beijing, China. The Chinese side is expected to order the closing of one U.S. diplomatic mission as early as July 24.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- China on Thursday again threatened "necessary reactions" to the U.S. order to shut down its consulate in Houston, but stopped short of revealing which American mission may be closed in retaliation.

Back in Washington, President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that "it's always possible" to shutter additional Chinese missions in the U.S.

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