China orders US to close consulate in Chengdu in retaliatory move

China orders US to close consulate in Chengdu in retaliatory move
Beijing: China on Friday ordered the US to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu in a tit-for-tat move, further worsening bilateral ties.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry also made specific requirements on the ceasing of all operations and events by the Consulate General, said a statement issued by the ministry.

The move comes after the US earlier this week ordered Chinese consulate to close its operations in Houston.

"The U.S. move seriously breached international law, the basic norms of international relations, and the terms of the China-U.S. Consular Convention. It gravely harmed China-U.S. relations," said the statement.

"The measure taken by China is a legitimate and necessary response to the unjustified act by the United States. It conforms with international law, the basic norms of international relations, and customary diplomatic practices," said the statement.

"The current situation in China-U.S. relations is not what China desires to see, and the United States is responsible for all this. We once again urge the United States to immediately retract its wrong decision and create necessary conditions for bringing the bilateral relationship back on track," the statement added.