Houston firefighters battle large warehouse fire

Numerous fire trucks and staff from the Houston Fire Department battled a large fire at a warehouse facility that stores chemicals in the southwest part of the city. (July 31)

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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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China consulate in Houston clears out at deadline

Workers at China’s consulate in Houston are vacating the facility after the Trump administration ordered it to close on Tuesday and gave the Chinese government a 72-hour deadline. (July 24)

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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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Images outside Houston Chinese consulate on last day of closure deadline | AFP

People move bags and boxes to a van outside the Chinese consulate in Houston on the last day of a 72-hour deadline for personnel to leave after the US ordered the closure of the diplomatic mission in Texas.

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Images outside Houston Chinese consulate on last day of closure deadline | AFP

People move bags and boxes to a van outside the Chinese consulate in Houston on the last day of a 72 hours deadline for personnel to leave after the US ordered the closure of the diplomatic mission in Texas.

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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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China says Houston consulate closure ‘demolishes’ friendship | AFP

China continues hitting back at the US government’s order to close its Houston consulate, labelling Washington’s allegations of wrongdoings as “malicious slander”. Beijing has vowed to retaliate but has yet to detail what action it aims to take. The United States ordered China to close its consulate over accusations of spying operations.

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Trump says additional Chinese embassy closures possible | AFP

“As far as closing additional embassies, it’s always possible”, Donald Trump tells reporters after Washington ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston.

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US closes Chinese consulate in Houston

The United States ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, escalating tensions between the world’s largest economies as President Donald Trump ramps up pressure against China ahead of the November election. (July 22)

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Houston firefighters “denied access” to China consulate after reports of documents burned | AFP

Firefighters “were denied access” to the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, says assistant fire chief Ruy Lozano, when they tried to enter the facility, on reports that documents were being burned in trashcans in the courtyard, according to local media. The United States ordered China to close its consulate over accusations of spying operations.

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Pompeo reacts after US closes Chinese consulate in Houston | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says in a press conference with Denmark’s Foreign Minister during a visit to Copenhagen that President Donald Trump will continue to take actions over China that “protect the American people,” their national security and economy. The United States has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston and accused it of ramping up spying operations, dramatically escalating diplomatic tensions between the feuding superpowers. SOUNDBITE

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Firefighters outside Chinese consulate in Houston after reports of documents being burned | AFP

About a dozen firefighters wait outside the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, after the United States ordered China to close its consulate over accusations of spying operations. The firefighters and police were called Tuesday evening to the consulate building in Texas on reports that documents were being burned in trashcans in the courtyard, according to local media.

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China vows ‘response’ as US orders closure of its Houston consulate | AFP

Beijing confirms the United States has ordered China to close its Houston consulate, in what it called a “outrageous and unjustified move” that will further harm diplomatic relations. “On July 21st, thhe US abruptly demanded that China’s consulate general in Houston cease all operations and events,” says foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, adding the move is “a political provocation”.

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