China on Friday ordered the United States to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu in an increasingly rancorous diplomatic conflict. The order followed the U.S. closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston.
China on Friday ordered the United States to close its consulate in Chengdu following the closing of the country’s diplomatic post in Houston.
The announcement from China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry is the latest move amid rising diplomatic tension between the two superpowers, whose relations have become increasingly strained.
China has its embassy in Washington and in addition to Houston consulates in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.
The U.S. has its embassy in Beijing, and it has consulates in the Chinese cities of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan and Shenyang. It also has a consulate in the territory of Hong Kong.
Trade a contentious issue, with President Donald Trump often accusing China of taking advantage of the U.S.
Trump put the blame for the coronavirus pandemic squarely on China’s shoulder, stoking tension by frequently referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus” and “kung flu.