China: Flag lowered at US consulate in Chengdu as it closes

The US flag at the US consulate in Chengdu, southwestern China, was lowered on Monday, before the official announcement stating that the outpost is officially closed. Access to the area around the consulate was restricted with roadblocks. Several buildings were seen leaving the premises. The tit-for-tat move comes a week after Washington required China’s consulate in Houston to be closed in order to «protect American intellectual property and the private information of its citizens.» In a statement released on Friday, Beijing blamed the closure on the US's move against the Houston consulate, which it said «seriously violated international law and the basic norms of international relations.» Chinese government also claimed that “some personnel at the US consulate in Chengdu were engaged in activities outside of their capacity, interfered in China’s internal affairs, and endangered China’s security and interests.”

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