Expert: we will not rule out the US closing another Chinese consulate, and the Chinese side will act accordingly

 Expert: we will not rule out the US closing another Chinese consulate, and the Chinese side will act accordingly

On July 21, the United States unilaterally provoked the incident and suddenly asked China to close its Consulate General in Houston, which seriously violated international law, basic norms of international relations and relevant provisions of Sino US Consular treaties, and seriously damaged Sino US relations. Chinas above-mentioned measures are a legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable acts of the US side, in line with international law and basic norms of international relations, and in line with diplomatic practices.

According to the foreign ministry, the current situation between China and the United States is something that China does not want to see, and the responsibility lies entirely with the United States. We once again urge the US side to immediately withdraw the relevant wrong decision and create the necessary conditions for the return of bilateral relations to normal.

A foreign ministry spokesman said at a regular press conference on the 23rd that the US sides request for China to close its Consulate General in Houston is to dismantle the bridge of friendship between the two peoples. China will take necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests against the unreasonable behavior of the US side.

Wu Xinbo, President of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University and director of the center for American studies, said in an interview with the surging news that there are two main considerations in choosing the US Consulate General in Chengdu as the target of reciprocal measures. First, the US Consulate General in Chengdu covers Tibet, which is particularly concerned about Chinas Tibet affairs and military deployment in the western region, and has closed the Consulate General Moreover, from the perspective of China, the closure of the Consulate General in Chengdu will have less impact on Chinas economic and trade activities and exchanges between China and the United States.

Consulate General of the United States in Chengdu

According to public information, the US Consulate General in Chengdu opened on October 16, 1985. The consular regions include Sichuan Province, Yunnan Province, Guizhou Province, Tibet Autonomous Region and Chongqing city. It is the first foreign consular agency in Sichuan Province. The current consul general is Jim mullinax, who took office in August 2017. It is worth noting that George H. W. Bush, then vice president of the United States, opened the Consulate General in 1985.

Earlier, US President trump said that he would consider closing more Chinese diplomatic agencies in the United States. In this regard, Wu Xinbo pointed out that some people on the US side are sparing no effort to damage Sino US relations. At present, the possibility of the US side closing another Chinese Consulate General in the United States is not ruled out. China will continue to counter this as the situation may be. As for whether to continue to respond to each other or take measures such as reducing the number of American embassy and consulate personnel in China, we can wait and see.

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