In tit for tat, China orders US to shut Chengdu consulate


Beijing, July 24

China on Friday ordered the US to shut down its consulate in Chengdu in retaliation to Washington’s resolution to close the Chinese mission in Houston, additional straining the already tense bilateral ties.

An announcement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated the US Embassy right here has been knowledgeable of the Chinese authorities’s resolution to withdraw its consent for the institution and operation of the US Consulate General in Chengdu, the provincial capital of southwestern Sichuan province.

Wang Wenbin, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman

Payback for houston

Staff of the Chengdu consulate was interferring in China’s inner affairs and harming nationwide safety pursuits. It is a reputable response to Washington demanding that the Chinese consulate in Houston be shut.

At an everyday press convention on Friday, Chinese international ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin accused workers within the Chengdu consulate “of interfering in China’s internal affairs and harming China’s national security interests.” Wang stated that closing the US mission in Chengdu was a “legitimate and necessary response” to Washington demanding that the Chinese consulate in Houston be shut. US officers have made comparable accusations about Chinese diplomats performing past their duties and fascinating in espionage associated exercise.

Earlier, the ministry, in an announcement famous that on July 21, the US launched a “unilateral provocation” by abruptly demanding that China shut its Consulate General in Houston.

The US transfer critically breached worldwide regulation, the essential norms of worldwide relations, and the phrases of the China-US Consular Convention, the international ministry assertion stated. — PTI

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