China takes control of US consulate in Chengdu

Chinese authorities took control of the former U.S. consulate in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday after it was ordered closed amid rising tensions between the global powers. China ordered the mission to be shut in retaliation for a U.S. order to close the Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas. (27 July)

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Police on guard near US consulate in Chengdu | AFP

Images from a road leading to the US Consulate in Chengdu in China after it was taken over by Chinese authorities, days after Beijing ordered it to close in retaliation for the shuttering of its mission in Houston.

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First unsuccessful attempt at US Chengdu consulate plaque removal | AFP

First unsuccessful attempt at US plaque removal from the consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu, one day after Beijing ordered its closure as relations deteriorated in a Cold War-style standoff. The Chengdu mission was ordered shut in retaliation for the forced closure of Beijing’s consulate in Houston, Texas, with both sides alleging the other had endangered national security.

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China: images of a bus entering in US Chengdu consulate | AFP

Images of the entrance to the American consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu after the Asian country’s government ordered its closure in response to the United States’ decision to close China’s consulate in Houston on espionage charges.

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China: Moving trucks arrive at Chengdu US consulate as it readies for closure | AFP

Moving trucks arrive at the US consulate in Chengdu on Saturday afternoon after after Beijing ordered its closure in a tit-for-tat diplomatic battle with Washington on Friday. US-China relations spiralled this week when the Chengdu mission was told to shut in retaliation for the forced closure of Beijing’s consulate in Houston, Texas, with both sides alleging the other had endangered national security.

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Images of security presence outside US consulate in Chengdu | AFP

Images of security presence outside the US consulate building in Chengdu after it was ordered after Beijing ordered its closure in a tit-for-tat diplomatic battle with Washington. US-China relations spiralled this week when the Chengdu mission was told to shut in retaliation for the forced closure of Beijing’s consulate in Houston, Texas, with both sides alleging the other had endangered national security.

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Official insignia removed from US consulate in Chengdu | AFP

A worker removes the official insignia from US consulate building in Chengdu on Saturday. US-China relations have deteriorated in a Cold War-style standoff as Beijing ordered the US consulate in Chengdu to shut in retaliation for the closure of its Houston mission — accused of being a hub for espionage and intellectual property theft.

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China: Cleaners, police and other images from US consulate in Chengdu | AFP

People can be seen through windows in the US consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu, in southwestern Sichuan province. Some police are seen walking past and a cleaner emerges from the building, pushing a trolley with rubbish bags. US-China relations have deteriorated in a Cold War-style standoff as Beijing ordered the US consulate in Chengdu to shut in retaliation for the closure of its Houston mission — accused of being a hub for espionage and intellectual property theft. of US consulate in Chengdu

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Images of US Chengdu consulate as China orders closure | AFP

Images of the entrance to the American consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu being guarded by Chinese police officers and photographed by onlookers, after the Asian country’s government ordered its closure in response to the United States’ decision to close China’s consulate in Houston on espionage charges.

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US consulate in Chengdu ordered to shut down by Beijing | AFP

China said Friday it had revoked the license for the United States’ consulate in the southwestern Chengdu city, in retaliation for the closure of the Houston consulate earlier this week. The tit-for-tat move is a “legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable measures by the United States”, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Chinese, S.Korean and Japanese leaders kick off summit in Chengdu | AFP

China hosts the leaders of squabbling neighbours South Korea and Japan on Tuesday, flexing its diplomatic muscle with America’s two key military allies in Asia and seeking regional unity on how to deal with a belligerent North Korea. IMAGES

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Transgender choir sings for acceptance in China | AFP

In an old theatre between soaring tower blocks in China’s southwestern city of Chengdu, a choir of transgender singers performs. The members of the Trans Chorus aren’t professional singers and come from across China — but they share similar stories of their struggle with identities in a country where being transgender is still classed as a “mental illness”.

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Coffee and quacks served up at Chengdu duck cafe | AFP

Crowds in a Chinese eatery ignore their drinks to gather adoringly around four fluffy white ducks, phones poised ready for pictures, at the latest addition to the country’s growing list of popular animal cafes.

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