Beijing ordered the closure of the American diplomatic mission in response to the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston
Workers on Saturday removed American symbols from the consulate building in the Chinese city of Chengdu. This happened the day after Beijing ordered the closure of the US diplomatic mission in response to Washington’s actions..
The U.S. Chengdu Mission has been ordered to close in retaliation for the forced closure of the PRC consulate in Houston, Texas, with both sides claiming the consulates pose a threat to national security.
The final date for the Americans’ departure from Chengdu remains unclear, but AFP reporters saw workers remove the round American insignia from the consulate’s facade, leaving only the American flag on it..
Three trucks of a corporate transportation company entered the US consulate on Saturday afternoon.
Beijing says the closure of the consulate in Chengdu is “a legitimate and necessary response to unwarranted action by the United States,” and argues that diplomatic officials endanger China’s security and interests.
Meanwhile, Washington officials said the Chinese Consulate in Houston was taking. “Unacceptable efforts” to steal American corporate secrets and patented medical and scientific research.
Last Chinese Diplomats Leave Houston Consulate On Friday.
“The current situation in Sino-American relations is not what China would like to see, and the United States is responsible for all this,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement..
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters that some US officials at the Chengdu consulate “were engaged in activities that were inconsistent with their responsibilities, interfered in China’s internal affairs, and threatened China’s security and interests.”.
The United States Consulate in Chengdu was founded in 1985. It was in the consulate building that a high-ranking Chinese official, Wang Lijun, was hiding in 2012 when he fled from his influential boss Bo Xilai, who was then the head of the nearby metropolis of Chongqing, and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison for corruption..
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