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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."

Earlier, the US demanded that China close its Consulate General in Houston. State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said that Washington ordered the Chinese Embassy in Houston to protect intellectual property and personal information of Americans.

The Chinese foreign Ministry called the decision a political provocation and said that it would take retaliatory action.