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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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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