CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - Security was tight outside the US consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu on Saturday as staff inside prepared to leave, a day after China ordered it to close in response to a US order for China to shut its consulate in Houston
Reuters: A consulate emblem inside the compound was removed as staff could be seen pushing trolleys and several consulate vehicles came and went.
Police, including many plain clothes officers, gathered outside and closed off the street to traffic.
Reuters: At the Houston consulate, staff packed up belongings watched by jeering protesters. Shortly after the closure order took effect a group of men who appeared to be U.S. officials were seen forcing open a back door to the facility.
Reuters: Residents in Chengdu expressed mixed views on the closure of the U.S. consulate in the city.
“What I fear the most is the U.S. won’t just stop there, it might get uglier,” said 19-year-old university student Zhang Chuhan.
Reuters: “I approve. The U.S. closed our consulate, I think we should shut theirs too,” said a man who identified himself as Jiang, 29.
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