China demanded the closure of the US Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan province, in response to similar actions by Washington earlier this week.
On Wednesday, the United States closed the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, citing the need to protect the intellectual property and personal information of Americans. Beijing called it a political provocation and promised decisive retaliatory steps.
Today, the Chinese Foreign Ministry notified the US embassy that China has decided to revoke the license for the establishment and operation of the US Consulate General in Chengdu, and also made specific demands on the consulate to cease all activities and activities.
The Chinese ministry emphasized that its demand is a legitimate and necessary response in line with international law, the basic norms of international relations and diplomatic practice, and the responsibility for what is happening lies entirely with Washington.
The current situation in China-US relations is not what China desires to see, and the US is responsible for all this. We once again urge the US to immediately retract its wrong decision and create necessary conditions for bringing the bilateral relationship back on track.
The dialogue between the United States and China remains tense. The parties have mutual economic claims. In addition, the American administration accuses China of unfairly informing about the situation with the new coronavirus. China, in turn, is unhappy with Washington’s interference in the country’s internal affairs, in particular in relations between Beijing and Hong Kong.