China consulate in Houston (AP Images)

Hous­ton’s huge R&D hub takes cen­ter stage in feds’ cam­paign to clip Chi­na’s ties to re­searchers, IP theft

Hous­ton’s prized bio­med­ical re­search hub has found it­self in the eye of a diplo­mat­ic storm that erupt­ed af­ter the US abrupt­ly or­dered Chi­na to close its con­sulate in the city.

In an in­ter­view with the New York Times, David Stil­well, the As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for the Bu­reau of East Asian and Pa­cif­ic Af­fairs, de­scribed the Hous­ton con­sulate as an epi­cen­ter of re­search theft in the Unit­ed States.

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