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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
China is considering to close the Consulate General of USA in Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan in response to similar action against the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, the newspaper South China Morning Post, citing a source familiar with the situation.
In mainland China there are five consular offices of the United States – Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang, Chengdu and Wuhan.
The US should provide evidence of "violations" from the Embassy of China in Houston, said the Consul General of the PRC in this town Cai Wei.
On the eve of the state Department has closed the diplomatic missions "to ensure the protection of intellectual property and personal information of Americans." According to media reports, on Tuesday evening there burned documents, other details were not disclosed. Beijing urged Washington to immediately reverse this decision, otherwise it will follow "a decisive response".
The United States is disappointed by the decision of the Turkish authorities to transform the Istanbul Hagia Sophia into a mosque, and waiting to hear from Ankara information about how the historical site will remain available to all visitors, said state Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus.
The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court on Friday annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.
Countries of the Euro-Atlantic region, despite the demands Moscow to stop attempts to interfere in the internal Affairs, their comments on the amendments to the Constitution of Russia continued destructive for bilateral relations practice, said the Deputy Director of the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry Ilya Timokhov.
"Unfortunately, despite our numerous requests to stop the illegal attempt to interfere in the internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, euroatlantische continued this destructive for bilateral relations and global stability practices in violation of fundamental international legal norms. This time we noticed that the representatives of the Executive authorities in the UK, Germany and France, apparently, considering we have taken decisive action to respond to their subversive activities in the summer of 2019, in the public space acted much more careful," he said Timokhov, speaking in the Federation Council.
The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova urged US not to interfere in the internal Affairs of other countries.
Earlier in Washington expressed concern over conducted in Russia vote by constitutional amendment.