Similarly, China has five consulates in the US and an embassy in Washington. The
Houston mission, which the US ordered to close on Tuesday – handles consular affairs for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas – is also one of its smallest. The Chengdu consulate opened in 1985 – making it the second youngest after Wuhan, which opened in 2008. It has five departments and employs 130 people, 100 of whom were locally hired, according to its website.