translated from Spanish: China closes US consulate in Chengdu; responds to the closure of yours in Houston

Beijing.- China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefed the U.S. embassy on the decision to withdraw its consent to the establishment and operation of the US country’s consulate general in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu.The ministry also established specific requirements regarding the cessation of all operations and events by the Consulate General , according to a statement issued by the chancellery.
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The document notes that the US side launched a unilateral provocation on July 21 by abruptly demanding that China close its consulate general in Houston, Texas.
The US measure seriously violated international law, the basic norms of international relations, and the terms of the China-U.S. Consular Convention. This severely damaged Sino-American relations,» the statement reads.

The text explains that «the measure taken by China is a legitimate and necessary response to the UNjustified act of the United States. It conforms to international law, the basic norms of international relations and customary diplomatic practices.» The current state of China-U.S. relations is not what China would like to see, and the United States is responsible for all of it,» he adds. «Once again, we urge the United States to immediately retract its wrong decision and create the necessary conditions to re-route the bilateral relationship,» the Chinese side’s communiqué concludes. 

Original source in Spanish

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