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China retaliates, orders closure of US consulate in Beijing

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Republic of China has retaliated the closure of China Consulate in Houston, United States of America while ordered the closure of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, a city in Beijing southwestern China as ties between the world’s two largest economies deteriorating over trade, technology, handling of coronavirus epidemic and global influence.

In a statement on Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it has informed the U.S. Embassy in Beijing of China’s demand for the Chengdu consulate to cease all operations and activities while It wasn’t specific about a time frame for the requested shutdown.

Beijing set a 72-hour limit for the Chengdu consulate to shut down, the same amount of time Washington gave Chinese diplomats to vacate the Houston consulate, according to people briefed on the matter. U.S. diplomats at the Chengdu consulate were given 30 days to leave China, the people said.

The Foreign Ministry said China’s decision is a legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable behavior of the US citing Washington’s Tuesday demand for the abrupt shutdown of the Chinese Consulate in Houston, according to the statement published on the ministry’s website.

“The emergence of the current situation between China and the US is something that China doesn’t wish to see and the U.S. bears all responsibility. We again urge the U.S. to immediately rescind the relevant erroneous decision and create the necessary conditions for bringing the bilateral relationship back on track”, the Minister said.

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