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US demand to reduce the number of Chinese diplomats in the country, media reported

The US administration is preparing to require significant reductions in the number of Chinese diplomats in the country to the level of American diplomatic representation in China, reports the Washington Times, citing senior sources at the state Department.

"By August 1, we want to establish mutually appropriate levels (among diplomats) and of entry," the source said, announcing the decision, which is expected to be officially announced this week.

In Chengdu officially closed the Consulate General of the United States

The U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu is officially closed in accordance with the request of the Chinese side to 10.00, said in a statement the Chinese foreign Ministry.

It is reported that after this, the representatives of the competent authorities of China entered the territory of the institution through the main gate and took him in his charge.

With the building of the US Consulate General in Chengdu, China lowered American flag

Over the building of the US Consulate General in Chengdu, China, which at the request of Chinese authorities stopped their work, lowered the American flag.

As the channel CGTN, a group of employees of the diplomatic mission left the building around 6.00 (1.00 MSK), 6.18 American flag was lowered. The deadline, which gave the Chinese authorities on the closure of the Consulate General, has expired on Monday at 10.00 am (5.00 am GMT).

China protested the United States for the invasion of the Consulate in Houston

China protested and made a presentation of the United States for what U.S. officials invaded the Chinese Consulate in Houston after he left Chinese diplomats, said on Saturday the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of China Wang Wenbin.

Previously, the newspaper the Houston Chronicle reported that Chinese diplomats freed closed at the request of the US Consulate General of China in Houston, and then entered the building by U.S. officials. According to the newspaper, after 40 minutes after the set to close the Consulate in time the man who probably is representative of the US state Department, and several others entered the building.

Media: Chinese diplomats left the Consulate General in Houston

Chinese diplomats left the General Consulate in Houston, closed at the request of the American authorities, the newspaper Houston Chronicle.

According to the newspaper, the Embassy staff had to vacate the building by 16:00 local time (00:00 GMT). Shortly before the police blocked the area near the building, and after some time from the Consulate drove three vans, two of them had diplomatic plates.

Media: in Houston, a group of men tried to force open the door of the Consulate of China

Several people were seen near the Chinese Consulate in Houston while trying to break down the back door of the building, Reuters reported.

According to the Agency, a group of people trying to force open the door, I noticed almost immediately after 16.00 local time (00.00 GMT) entered into force on the disposal of States to close its Chinese offices. It is reported that earlier, the same group of people who, according to the Agency, could be us officials, locked the door on the other side of the building. The Agency reports that to be presented to journalists, they refused.

The foreign Secretary said about the intervention of the US Consulate General in China's internal Affairs

A number of employees of the American Consulate General in Chengdu, which the Chinese authorities demanded to close, carried out activities inconsistent with their status and interfere in the internal Affairs of China, said the foreign Ministry of China.

"Some employees of the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu are engaged in activities that are not appropriate to their status and interfered in China's internal Affairs and harmed the interests of China in the security sphere," - said at a briefing on Friday, foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.

The Chinese foreign Ministry commented on the closure of the US Consulate General in Chengdu

Requirements of the PRC on the closure of the US Consulate General in Chengdu are legitimate and necessary response to, the responsibility for the situation lies entirely on Washington, said in a statement on the website of the Chinese foreign Ministry.

Earlier, the US demanded that China close its Consulate General in Houston. The Chinese foreign Ministry called the decision a political provocation and said that it would take retaliatory action. The official U.S. state Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said that Washington ordered to close the Consulate General of China in Houston, in order to ensure protection of intellectual property and personal information of Americans.

China urged the United States to close the Consulate General in Chengdu

China demanded that the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan province ceased operations, said the Chinese foreign Ministry.

Beijing the morning of July 24 notified the American Embassy that China had decided "to revoke the license for the establishment and conduct of activities of the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu" and "put forward specific requirements" to the Consulate "to stop all activities and events."

The FBI suspected China of harbouring the researcher, who is wanted in the United States

The FBI says the researcher from China, which the U.S. government wanted on charges of fraud in obtaining a visa, was granted asylum at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, reports CNBC, citing court documents.

As stated in the documents submitted in another case, Tang Juan received a non-immigrant visa United States last fall to conduct the study at the University of California in Davis. After some time, the FBI agents found on the Internet pictures of women in uniform. With her on the interview, in which she said that never served in the army and was a member of the Communist party of China.

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