US consulate: China orders US consulate closure in tit-for-tat move

Friday-2020-07-24 | 07:54 pm arabian_international

China has ordered the closure of the US consulate in the south-western city of Chengdu, in a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries.

China said the move was a "necessary response" to the US, which ordered China to close its consulate in Houston earlier this week.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wahsington decision was taken because China was "stealing" intellectual property.

Tensions have been rising between the US and China over several key issues.