China has ordered the US to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu as tensions continue to mount between the two countries.
The latest tit-for-tat escalation comes days after Washington told Beijing to cease its operations at the Chinese consulate in Houston after the US accused Chinese agents of trying to steal medical and other research in Texas.
The United States has an embassy in the Chinese capital Beijing and consulates in five other mainland cities – Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan – while it also has a consulate in Hong Kong.
Beijing said the action taken in the southwestern city of Chengdu was “a legitimate and necessary response”.
A foreign ministry statement said: “The current situation in Chinese-US relations is not what China desires to see. 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.”