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In Retaliation, China Closes US Consulate in Chengdu; Takes Over Building

Beijing/Chengdu: China on Monday said it took control of the US consulate in Chengdu after it was formally closed as per Beijing’s directive in retaliation to America’s move to shut down the Chinese diplomatic mission in Houston.

“At 10 AM on July 27, as required by the Chinese side, the US Consulate General in Chengdu was closed,” the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

Chengdu is the capital of southwest China’s Sichuan province.

Later in his media briefing, Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “this morning, US personnel evacuated the Consulate in accordance with Chinese requirements, and the US consulate in Chengdu was closed .

He said the Chinese competent authority then entered from the main entrance and took over the premises.

He defended the closure of US Consulate as a legitimate response to US ordering the closure of Chinese Consulate in Houston.

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