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US-China tensions

Bush advisers alarmed by Trump administration's China moves

Rapid escalation betrays a lack of strategy, professionals warn

NEW YORK -- The American flag was taken down in the courtyard of the U.S. Consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday, with the facility shut down around 10 a.m. local time.

Soon thereafter, Chinese officials walked in the front entrance to seize materials left behind. The street in front of the building was packed with reporters, locals and other bystanders.

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