(News 24h) – The US forced the Chinese consulate in Houston while the Chinese staff performed the ritual to close the US consulate.
According to CCTV, the US flag on the consulate building in Chengdu was lowered on early morning July 27, after Beijing ordered it to close Friday last week.
|Chinese agents covered the name of the site of the US consulate in Chengdu.|
The National Radio of China recorded images of employees in full protective clothing entering the US consulate in Chengdu in Sichuan province after it officially closed at the request of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. National.
The US Consulate in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China officially closed at 10:00 a.m. on July 27, according to the deadline set by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Before that, at 6:24 p.m., the American flag inside the diplomatic mission was lowered.
|Employees in protective clothing entered the US consulate in Chengdu on the morning of July 27. Photo: Reuters.|
After the agency closed, Chinese officials took over the property. Four employees in full protective clothing made their way towards the block at 10:24 (local time), according to Reuters.
Over the weekend, hundreds of people gathered outside the US consulate where the city of 16.5 million people took selfies and waved the Chinese flag, seeing the US emblem being taken down from the consulate.
|The US removed the badge from the consulate wall in Chengdu.|
The US State Department also confirmed that the Consulate General in Chengdu had ceased operations at 10:00 a.m. on July 27. The US said it was disappointed with Beijing’s decision and said it would continue to reach out to regions, including Tibet, through other missions in China.
“The Chinese Embassy in the US will temporarily assume the job of the Consulate General in Houston, and continue various services to people in the consulate area. The Chinese Embassy and Consulate General In the US, we are committed to developing a healthy and stable Sino-US relationship, because of the exchange and cooperation between China-America and the friendship of the two nations “- China Embassy in the US informed newspaper.
The closure of the US consulate in Chengdu is China’s action in response to the US closing of its consulate in Houston, Texas on July 21. US officials believe that the consulate is involved in a fraud investigation of a research institute in Texas and Chinese consular staff are directly involved in liaising with researchers, instructors. What information do they need to collect.
Unlike the scene that took place in Sichuan, on July 24, US agents and diplomats broke the lock to break into the Chinese consulate headquarters in Houston. The US government ordered to close this diplomatic mission and the deadline was 16:00 on July 24 (morning of July 25, Vietnam time).
|Chinese staff stood guard outside the US consulate headquarters in Chengdu.|
A group of people used electric drills and crowbar to try to open the back door of the consulate general at 4:00.
Then a series of black SUVs, trucks, and two white pickups believed to have State Department officials appeared in front of the Chinese consulate general in Houston, Texas. A group of people and a specialized means of breaking the lock have entered the Chinese consulate complex.
|American agents unlocked the Chinese consulate in Houston.|
The US agent broke into the Chinese consulate in Houston. Two officers from the US Department of Foreign Security stood guard at the door, while outside there were many reporters from the media coming to report.
According to Reuters, shortly after the US ordered a shutdown on July 21, local police were reported about smoke rising at the consulate. US media said the smoke was caused by personnel inside the building burning documents. The entire staff here left just before the US agents hit on 24/7.
Clip of the Chinese staff closing the US consulate in Chengdu: