Beijing: For example, while taking tit for action, China cleared the US from the US consulate in its southwestern Sichuan province. Earlier, the US authorities had vacated the Chengdu campus on the orders of the Chinese government. According to the US State Department, the operation of the embassy was suspended from 10 am on Monday. Expressing disappointment over China’s decision, the US Secretary of State said that now it will try to maintain its access to the region through its other mission.
Disgusted by the eviction of the Chinese Counsel based in Houston, Chinese government media shared the information about the flag-off of the US consulate in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, at 6.18 am on Monday morning. During this time, the local police has closed two to three blocks located around the consulate, due to which the premises are now under tight security. Earlier, the US had ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, in response to which China ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu on Friday.
On Sunday, some trucks arrived at the American consulate and left after a few hours, before the area was sealed, people gathered to see this building. Traffic was interrupted while taking selfies and photographs. For the second consecutive day, the crowd looked desperate to be photographed here. After this, the police put barricading in front of the American consulate to close the road and the walkway.
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is in international headlines with the city of Houston in the US, as China and the US ordered the closure of each other’s consulates. The United States had been undergoing discussions regarding the Chengdu Council since the Houston episode earlier this week. The US asked the Houston consulate to vacate the embassy, making the Houston consulate a base for Chinese spies. The way in which the fire was lit in Houston before exiting, the US espionage allegations on China got further air.