China orders US consulate in Chengdu to close as tensions rise

China orders US consulate in Chengdu to close as tensions riseJuly 24, 2020

Move by Beijing comes in response to the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston earlier this week and amid worsening relations between the countries

Beijing has ordered the closure of a US consulate in southwestern China, in a move that escalates tensions between the two countries to a new level.

On Friday, China’s ministry of foreign affairs said it ordered the US consulate in Chengdu, in Sichuan province, to stop all operations. A notice on the ministry’s website said authorities had notified the US of China’s decision to revoke its consent for the consulate to operate.

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