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Weird News China takes possession of the United States consulate in Chengdu

13:06  27 july  2020
13:06  27 july  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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CHENGDU , China (Reuters) - China said it had taken over the premises of the U . S . consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Monday after ordering the facility The United States confirmed the closure of the consulate in a farewell video shared from the U . S . embassy in China 's Twitter account.

The Chengdu consulate - established in 1985 - represented US interests over a vast area of south-western China , including the autonomous region of Tibet, where there has been long-running pressure for independence. The majority of the diplomatic mission's more than 200 employees had been hired

The episode is worthy of the Cold War. Chinese officials took possession of the United States consulate in Chengdu shortly after the last employees left Washington on Monday, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

A little earlier, employees left the diplomatic compound on foot. Some carried a backpack while others pushed their bikes in their hands. The day before, a coach with tinted windows had left the consulate, to the boos of part of the public.

Mutual reprisals

The American flag had been lowered inside the diplomatic complex, according to images on Chinese television.

The US consulate in Chengdu, inaugurated in 1985, became the last subject on Friday in a long list of disputes between Beijing and Washington, when China ordered its closure.

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The United States Consulate General at Chengdu opened on October 16, 1985. On August 2, 1993, the Consulate General completed its move from the Jinjiang Hotel to its current facility at No. 4 Lingshiguan Road, just south of the city center. The Chengdu consular district is made up of the

The decision of the Chinese authorities came shortly after the forced closure of its consulate in Houston (Texas) in the United States by the Trump administration, which accused China of spying. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Thursday that the Chinese consulate in Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, was a "hub of espionage and theft of intellectual property."

This Friday, American officials had also invested the Chinese consulate after the departure of officials from Beijing. This building is "a national property of China", protested the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, referring to international law.

"Some employees of the United States consulate in Chengdu engaged in activities beyond their remit, they interfered in the internal affairs of China and endangered the security and Chinese interests", accused of Chinese diplomacy on its side.

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The United States Consulate in Chengdu , the capital of Sichuan Province, on Thursday.Credit Within hours of the announcement, the Chengdu consulate became an object of national But, it noted, “ taking countermeasures every time will force China and the United States to drift farther

China on Friday ordered the United States to close its consulate in Chengdu in response to a U . S . order for In a related case, a senior U . S . Justice Department official said a Chinese researcher who took refuge at China ’s consulate in San Francisco was taken into American custody on Thursday.

A long list of disputes

These mutual reprisals take place in a context of deteriorating relations between Beijing and Washington. The areas of contention have increased in recent times, particularly with the law on security in Hong Kong, the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, and tensions in the South China Sea.

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On the eve of its closure, the Chengdu consulate was an attraction for the inhabitants on Sunday. Under a blue sky and stifling heat, a flood of curious people came to be photographed in front of the building.

In addition to its embassy in Beijing, the United States now has four consulates in mainland China (Canton, Shanghai, Shenyang, Wuhan) as well as one in Hong Kong, an autonomous territory shaken last year by demonstrations against the power of China .

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