US consulate in Chengdu officially shuts in retaliation for Houston closure

Amidst the war of trade and hostility regarding the Coronavirus pandemic situation, the relationship between the United States of America and China seems to be getting strained by the day.

Post the Houston Consulate being closed,  a simultaneous reaction has been evoked in the city of Chengdu, China. The United States consulate has been officially shut down Monday morning, surrounded by police and the public.

The Consulate at Houston was reportedly given seventy-two hours to cease all operations, after a smoke being reported initially from inside the premises. In a tit for tat move, the United States embassy was ordered to be shut down by Beijing within a similar span of seventy-two hours.

The loading into trucks process began on Sunday, and the US flag was lowered on the next day.

Chengdu is the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan province and served as a significant diplomatic outpost between the two nations.

“Relevant Chinese authorities then entered from the main entrance and took over,” the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

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