China closed the US consulate general in Sichuan province

China officially closed the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday, July 27. According to him, “competent representatives” of the Chinese authorities entered the diplomatic mission building a few hours after American diplomats released it. Beijing’s decision was in response to the closure of the Consulate General of China in Houston by the United States, which Washington notified on July 21.

Relations between the two countries have deteriorated in recent weeks. On July 14, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the signing of a law on new sanctions against China in connection with his actions against Hong Kong, as well as an executive decree cancelling Washington’s trade and economic preferences for this special administrative region of China.

A few days later, the United States ordered Beijing to close the Consulate General of China in Texas Houston to protect American intellectual property and personal information of Americans. In response, Beijing accused Washington of violating the norms of international law and key principles of international relations.

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