China announced it had taken possession of the US consulate in Chengdu hours after the US flag outside the building was lowered, following a Chinese order for the US to leave the building in response to the US move to evict Beijing from its consulate in Houston.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed in a social media post that the consulate in southwestern Sixhuan province had been closed a few hours later.
"At 10am on July 27th according to the Chinese side's request, the US consulate was closed," the ministry said. "Afterwards, Chinese authorities entered through the front entrance and took it over."
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