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US shutters Chengdu consulate as tensions with China escalate

Tit-for-tat closures come amid worsening tensions between two superpowers

The plaque at the U.S. consulate general in the Chinese city of Chengdu is removed on July 26.    © Reuters

BEIJING/SHANGHAI -- The U.S. has closed its consulate in China's southwestern city of Chengdu, after being ordered to shut it down by the Chinese government, the Asian nation's Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

The Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, had closed earlier, on orders from the U.S. government.

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