lørdag 25. juli 2020

US-China relations: thousands gather to see closure of Chengdu consulate

Thousands of people gathered outside the US consulate in Chengdu on Saturday as workers inside packed up and prepared to leave –  on the orders of Beijing. Against a heavy police and security presence, three trucks and a bus were seen entering and leaving the compound, while a number of workers headed out on foot, their arms filled with assorted boxes and files.

Others left the compound on heavily laden scooters, while cleaners disposed of large black bin bags – presumably full of non-sensitive materials – and a maintenance team removed the American insignia from an exterior wall. While the capital of southwest China’s Sichuan province is not particularly regarded as a hotbed of international political tensions, the city became the focus for an outpouring of nationalistic sentiment after Beijing ordered the closure of the US mission on Friday.