Anna DZHEDZHULA, “FACTS”
Against the background of a sharp deterioration in relations between the two countries, China officially closed the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu. The Embassy ceased operations on July 27. As reported by CNN, US national flag was lowered from the flagpole, and all employees left the building. Near the Consulate, a crowd gathered. Many took selfies and waved flags of China.
First, the Chinese authorities wanted to close the American mission in Wuhan, however, it would not cause serious damage, because the United States evacuated all of the staff in January 2020, when the pandemic coronavirus.
The U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu was opened in 1985. This is the only American diplomatic mission among the South-Western provinces.
Closure of the Consulate General in Chengdu was a response to D.C. to terminate on July 24, the work of the Consulate of China in Houston. As reported by “FACTS”, this decision is explained by the need to protect American intellectual property.