The tyrannical Chinese government presents the largest threat worldwide to American interests and national security. China has been plotting and implementing its plan to be the dominant country in the world for decades, including it’s infamous “China 2025” and “Belt and Road” initiatives.

They are building up islands in the South Pacific, they are gaining footholds on multiple continents—including Africa—and they are increasing the size of their military, as well as producing more weapons and warships.

The Chinese have also developed the largest arsenal of missiles in the world.

The New York Times reported that “in 2017, Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr, then head of the United States Pacific Command, said in congressional testimony that the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force controls the largest and most diverse missile force in the world, with an inventory of more than 2,000 ballistic and cruise missiles.”

It has long been known that the CCP have been engaged in corporate espionage targeting trade secrets from American businesses and innovators to reproduce the technological advances by American research and development firms. They have been spying on Americans and recently were accused by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of using the popular app TikTok as a way to steal private information from everyday Americans.

The State Department has had enough and is taking action against the Chinese spy operatives in the country. It has been reported that the Chinese have been using their consulate in Houston, Texas as the headquarters for their massive nationwide spying operation center.

Well, that has now come to an end, because the State Department is kicking them out entirely, giving them 72 hours to close the consulate.

In response, the Chinese employees began burning what are likely classified documents and, as of this writing, are still refusing to shut down the consulate.

The State Department released the following statement:

“The United States will not tolerate the PRC’s (People Republic of China) violations of our sovereignty and intimidation of our people, just as we have not tolerated the PRC’s unfair trade practices, theft of American jobs, and other egregious behavior. We have directed the closure of PRC Consulate General Houston, in order to protect American intellectual property and American’s [sic] private information.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray put the broader threat by The Chinese Communist Party in perspective when he said the that the China is “pursuing a campaign of intellectual property theft, economic espionage, cyber intrusions that target businesses — big and small — all across the country and our academic research institutions.

And it’s everything from Fortune 100 companies to startups. It’s agriculture. It’s high tech. It’s aviation. It’s health care. As I said before, it’s our academic research institutions.

There’s no country that presents a broader, more comprehensive threat to America’s innovation, to economic security, and to our democratic ideas than China does.Just to give you some context for that. Just as we’re sitting here having this conversation, the FBI has over 2,000 active investigations that trace back to the government of China.

The FBI is opening a new counterintelligence investigation that ties back to China every 10 hours. So you put some of those things – and that’s sort of just the tip of the iceberg.”

China is a threat that’s not going away anytime soon, but the State Department is ensuring that their Houston consulate is.

I say good riddance.