China orders U.S to close consulate in Chengdu in tit-for-tat move

Beijing: China on Friday ordered the U.S to close down its consulate in Chengdu in retaliation to Washington's decision to shut the Chinese mission in Houston, further straining the already tense bilateral ties.

A statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the U.S Embassy has been informed of the Chinese government's decision to withdraw its consent for the establishment and operation of the U.S Consulate General in Chengdu, the provincial capital of southwestern Sichuan province.

Chengdu is an important diplomatic outpost for the US, covering a large swath of the country, including the sensitive region of Tibet.  

The Chinese foreign ministry also asked the U.S to stop all operations and events by the U.S Consulate General in Chengdu.

The U.S had on Wednesday ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, a move it said was aimed "to protect American intellectual property and private information."

 

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