A group of Chinese citizens came to the United States Consulate in Chengdu to take photos before the Chinese government-ordered shutdown. Last Sunday, there was a great movement in the consulate, which is now officially closed. The country’s police were guarding the area, before the arrival of the spectators.
Children and adults approached the American consulate with pennants, a young woman committed to singing the national anthem of the People’s Republic of China but was silenced by the officers, who ordered not to want any kind of provocative gesture, some banners were decomposed, while a huge area neighbor hangs a huge Chinese flag on his balcony.
The staff of the American consulate finished vacating the building when the street where it is located becomes a mini-tourism area. Moving vehicles arrive at the scene to clear the last belongings of the consulate, in full view of spectators, and with at least a dozen Chinese security agents.
Diplomatic relations between the United States and China are increasingly tense, this since the Donald Trump government orders the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston. Action to which China responded with the closure of the American consulate in Chengdu.
Last Friday, in Houston, the presence of senior officials of the United States Department was reported, who were captured forcing a door of the Chinese consulate. This is shortly after the order to close the consulate, which had been accused by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as «a spy center» came into effect.
The State Department has confirmed the official closure of its Chengdu consulate through a statement expressing its «disappointment», accepting that they try to continue their outreach in the region from their other missions.
On the other hand, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that it assumed possession of the building at 10 am Monday, local time.