China has ordered the United States to close the Chengdu Consulate in retaliation for Houston

China has ordered the United States to close the Chengdu Consulate in retaliation for Houston


BEIJING (Reuters) - China has asked the United States to close its consulate in Chengdu for calling for the closure of its consulate in Houston earlier this week as a link between the two world powers. Worse.


China has unexpectedly warned Washington of retaliation after being given 72 hours from the Houston Consulate until Friday - and has asked Washington to reconsider.

"US action seriously violates international law, the fundamental standards of international relations and the provisions of the China-US Consular Convention, which has severely affected Sino-US relations," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"The Chinese Foreign Ministry has informed the US Embassy in China of its decision to withdraw its consent to the establishment and operations of the US Consulate General in Chengdu," it said.

The US. State Department and the U.S. in Beijing. The embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Relations between Washington and Beijing have soured this year, from trade and technology to the coronavirus, China's local claims in the South China Sea, and ties with Hong Kong.

In a keynote address on Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompey called on the Communist Party of China to use "more constructive and solid ways" to pressure Washington and its allies to change their ways, calling it "the mission of our time."

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