US closes Chengdu consulate in China, after Houston order

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Posted at 8:32 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 23:32:21-04

CHENGDU, China (AP) — The U.S. closed its consulate in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday, a victim of the rising tensions between the global powers.

China ordered the mission closed in retaliation for a U.S. order to shut down the Chinese Consulate in Houston.

The tit-for-tat closings marked a significant escalation in the multiple disputes between the countries over a range of issues, including trade, technology, security and human rights.

A State Department statement expressed disappointment, saying the consulate “has stood at the center of our relations with the people in Western China, including Tibet, for 35 years."