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FM spokesperson: China's takeover of U.S. Chengdu consulate 'legitimate and necessary response'


The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday confirmed the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, capital city of the southwestern province of Sichuan, was closed at 10:00 a.m. BJT. Chinese authorities have entered the building and taken over the now-closed consulate.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday that China's request to close U.S. consulate in Chengdu is a legitimate and necessary response to U.S. closure of China's Houston consulate and forced entry of American officials into the premises. 

China informed the U.S. Embassy in China on July 24 of its decision to withdraw its consent for the establishment and operation of the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu after the U.S. abruptly demanded China close its consulate general in Houston on July 21.

Here is what we know so far:

- The Chinese Embassy in the U.S. will temporarily take over the work of the consulate general in Houston

- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the U.S. is entirely to blame for current difficulties in bilateral relations.

- Chinese Consul General of Houston Cai Wei said in an open letter that the friendship between the Chinese and American people will prevail, despite the deliberate escalation of tensions by a few U.S. politicians.