In retaliation to the United States‘ decision to shut down the Chinese consulate in Houston. China has ordered the US to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu. The order was issued on Friday as issues between the world’s two largest economies further escalate. Chengdu is located in southwestern China’s Sichuan province.
Why did China close down the US Consulate?
The step to close down the US consulate in Chengdu is seen as a reciprocatory step taken by Chinese authorities in terms of scale and impact. China has lately been practicing the tit-for-tat responses to all the actions taken by the United States.
China had already issued a warning claiming vengeance after the US acted against Houston Consulate. China was randomly given a time frame of 72 hours ending on Friday to vacate its Houston consulate. The Chinese authorities also urged the Trump government to reconsider its decision.
China’s foreign ministry saidina statement that this move by the United States has seriously not only breached international law, which forms the basic norms of international relations but also the terms of the China-US Consular Convention. It further said that this step has further harmed China-US relations.
In response, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China has asked the US Embassy in China to withdraw its permits for setting up the United States’ Consulate General in the city of Chengdu. Wang Wenbin, Foreign ministry spokesman also stated that a few Chengdu consulate personnel were involved in conducting activities that did not align with their identities. He also alleged them of interfering in China’s affairs and harming the nation’s security interests.
With this decision, the relations between both parties have further deteriorated sharply. Mike Pompeo, US Secretary, on Thursday said in a speech that the US and its allies must use “more creative and assertive ways” to press the Chinese Communist Party to change its ways.