Flag lowered as US departs Chengdu consulate in China
CHENGDU, China (AP) — Chinese state media say the American flag has been taken down at a U.S. consulate as officials vacate the premises under order of the Chinese government.
State broadcaster CCTV said the flag was lowered at 6:18 a.m. at the U.S. mission in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. China and the U.S. exchanged tit-for-tat orders last week to close each other’s consulates in Chengdu and Houston.
The moves are a major escalation in rising U.S.-China tensions.