US consulate in Chengdu officially shuts, retaliating for Houston

US consulate in Chengdu officially shuts, retaliating for Houston

The United States consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu officially closed Monday morning, after ordering the facility to be vacated in retaliation for China’s ouster last week from its consulate in Houston, Texas.

The U.S. consulate in Chengdu, in Sichuan province, was closed as of 10 a.m on Monday, and Chinese authorities had entered the building from the front door, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The Chinese government gave the Americans the same 72-hour time frame to close their Chengdu mission as Beijing had been given in Houston last week.

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