(Worthy News) – Chinese officials entered and took control of the U.S. Consulate in the city of Chengdu early on Monday, 72 hours after ordering its closure in retaliation for the U.S. decision to shut China’s consulate in Houston. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had called the mission in Houston a “hub of spying and intellectual property theft.”
Earlier in the morning the U.S. flag was lowered at the consulate for the last time. First opened 35 years ago, the Chengdu consulate is among the smaller of the U.S. diplomatic missions in China, dealing with south-western provinces including Tibet.
The Chinese Communist Party paper Global Times said locals had gathered over the weekend behind police cordons, taking photos and videos of the consulate, with something of a carnival atmosphere prevailing. One man let off fireworks and was taken away by police. [ Source: CNS News (Read More…) ]
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