The Chinese Embassy in the United States said it will temporarily take over the work of the consulate general
in Houston and continue the various services for the people in the consular district after
the U.S. abruptly demanded China close the consulate general on July 21.
In response, China informed the U.S. Embassy in China on July 24 of its decision to withdraw its consent
for the establishment and operation of the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu
Vans are seen entering the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu over the weekend as a 72-hour closure deadline approaches.
Shortly after the U.S. closure order took effect on July 24, a group of American officials made their way
into the Chinese Consulate General in Houston.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the U.S. is entirely to blame for current difficulties
in bilateral relations.
- The Chinese Consul General of Houston Cai Wei said in an open letter that the friendship between the Chinese and American people will prevail, despite the deliberate escalation of tensions by a few U.S. politicians.