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Vincent Lee (휴가중 休假中)+ Your Authors @Rover829 Reuters China Breaking News Editor, sharing news by colleagues; opinions are mine, especially hate towards James Harden. Byline name: Se Young Lee. Jul. 24, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

BEIJING (Reuters) - China ordered the US to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu on Friday, in a tit-for-tat response to being told to shut its consulate in Houston earlier this week, as relations between the 2 world powers deteriorated further. 

China also told US to close the Chengdu consulate in 72 hours, according to Global Times EIC

Reuters: “The Chengdu consulate is more important than the Wuhan consulate because that is where the U.S. gathers information about Tibet and China’s development of strategic weapons in neighbouring regions,” said Wu Xinbo, an and American studies expert at Fudan University.

Reuters: The Chengdu consulate became notorious in 2012 when Wang Lijun, the police chief of nearby Chongqing city, attempted to defect there, a trigger point in a dramatic scandal that brought down rising political star Bo Xilai.

Reuters: A source had previously told Reuters that China was considering shutting the U.S. consulate in Wuhan, where the United States withdrew staff early this year as the coronavirus outbreak raged

Reuters: The consulate opened in 1985 and has almost 200 employees including about 150 locally hired staff. Chinese stock markets were sold off heavily after the announcement, leading regional losses with a 3.5% fall in the blue chip index, while the yuan dropped to a 2-week low.

Reuters: Chinese social media users, who had denounced the US order to close the Houston mission, applauded the response.

The comment, “let’s renovate it (ed: presumably the consulate) into a hotpot restaurant!” got 100,000 likes on the Weibo account of state broadcaster CCTV.

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