Media: China can close the Consulate General of USA in Chengdu

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 U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, which was opened in 1985, is strategically important, as it covers the South-West of the country, including Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Tibet Autonomous region and city under Central authority Chongqing.

Earlier there were reports that China may close the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan, however, the United States already have evacuated diplomatic personnel when the epidemic began coronavirus infection COVID-19.

Earlier, the Chinese foreign Ministry announced that the United States demanded that China close the Consulate General in Houston. As stated by the official to submit to the office, Wang Wenbin, China will definitely give a necessary and reasonable response to this requirement. At the same time, responding to a question about recent media reports that the Consulate General in Houston was on fire as the Embassy staff burned secret documents, Wang Wenbin said that "the Consulate General in Houston is functioning normally".

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.

The President of the United States Donald trump did not rule out that the us government will require China to close some diplomatic missions in the US after the Consulate General in Houston.