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China has ordered the closure of the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu. The move was made in retaliation for the U.S.’s order earlier this week for China to close the Chinese Consulate General in Houston.
Background: The U.S. ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston earlier this week, saying it was doing so “to protect American intellectual property and American’s (sic) private information.” China’s Foreign Ministry called the U.S.’s move “outrageous” and “unjustified” and said China would take “legitimate and necessary” counter measures if the decision is not reversed. Chine authorities ordered the closure of the Chengdu consulate on Friday.
Analysis & Comments: Applicants should prepare for delays in processing and await additional details on which consulates will assume jurisdiction over applications that had been previously submitted in Chengdu.
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