China tells US to close Chengdu consulate in growing spat

BEIJING (AP) — China is ordering the United States to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu in an increasingly rancorous diplomatic conflict. The order follows the U.S. closure of the Chinese Consulate in Houston after Washington accused Chinese agents of trying to steal medical and other research in Texas. The Chinese foreign ministry appealed to Washington to reverse its “erroneous decision.” Chinese-U.S. relations have soured amid a mounting array of conflicts including trade, technology, spying accusations, Hong Kong and allegations of abuses against Chinese ethnic Muslims.