China on Friday ordered the U.S. to close its consulate in Chengdu on July 27, as a retaliation for the shutdown of the Chinese consulate in Houston.
A statement from Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said its decision was a justifiable and necessary response to the act of the U.S. on July 21 of abruptly asking China to close its consulate general in Houston by Friday.
Wenbin said the diplomats of the U.S. consulate general in Chengdu interfered in China’s internal affairs and engaged in activities that were not in line with their diplomatic identities.
He again said the Chinese side has lodged representations with the U.S. many times.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, however, urged the U.S. to withdraw its decision to close China’s consulate general in Houston and make efforts to bring bilateral ties back on track.