China officially closed the US Consulate General in Chengdu, the Republic’s Foreign Ministry said.
After that, representatives of local authorities entered the territory of the institution through the main gate and “took it over.”
American Embassy in Chengdu opened in 1985. It was responsible for the South-West of the country, including Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Tibet Autonomous Region, and a city under Central authority Chongqing.
On July twenty-first, the United States closed the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, explaining that it was necessary to protect the intellectual property and personal information of Americans. Beijing called it a political provocation and promised “decisive retaliatory steps.”
The next day, the Chinese Foreign Ministry notified the US Embassy that China had decided to “revoke the license to establish and operate the US Consulate General in Chengdu” and “put forward specific requirements” for the Consulate to “cease all activities and activities.”
As the Chinese Ministry stressed, its demand is a legitimate and necessary response, in accordance with international law, the basic norms of international relations and diplomatic practice, and the responsibility for what is happening lies entirely with Washington.
The dialogue between the US and China remains tense. The parties have mutual economic claims. Also, the US administration accuses the PRC of unfairly informing about the situation with the new coronavirus. China, in turn, is dissatisfied with Washington’s interference in the country’s internal affairs, in particular, in relations between Beijing and Hong Kong.