Beijing has ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu, which opened in 1985. Photo: AFP Beijing has ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu, which opened in 1985. Photo: AFP
Beijing has ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu, which opened in 1985. Photo: AFP

China’s decision to close US consulate in Chengdu likely driven by size, observers say

  • Beijing had to follow through on vow to retaliate for closure of its mission in Houston but also wanted to minimise the fallout, experts say
  • Mission in southwest China is America’s second youngest in the country and one of its smallest

Topic |   US-China relations
Beijing has ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu, which opened in 1985. Photo: AFP Beijing has ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu, which opened in 1985. Photo: AFP
Beijing has ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu, which opened in 1985. Photo: AFP
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