Chinese authorities close US consulate in Chengdu amid rising tensions

Beijing announced the US consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu was closed as of 10am (0200 GMT) on Monday,…

Beijing announced the US consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu was closed as of 10am (0200 GMT) on Monday, after it ordered the facility be shut in retaliation for China being ousted from its consulate in Houston, Texas.

Police in Chengdu restricted access to the area around the consulate on Monday morning, and four officials in personal protective gear could be seen walking towards the consulate at about 10:24am local time.

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