China tells U.S. to shut consulate in Chengdu, in retaliation for Houston closure

China on Friday ordered the United States to close its consulate general in Chengdu in response to the American order to close China’s equivalent branch in Houston, another escalation in the increasingly all-encompassing dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

Some analysts thought that China would order the closure of the consulate in Wuhan, which has been empty since the coronavirus outbreak spread across the city in January and appears unlikely to reopen soon. Instead, Beijing has opted to up the ante by ordering the Chengdu post to close.

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