China is asking the US to close the consulate in Chengdu in a rising spat.

China is asking the US to close the consulate in Chengdu in a rising spat.

On Friday, China forced the United States to close its consulate in the western city of Chengdu in an increasingly violent diplomatic confrontation. The order followed the closing of the Chinese consulate in Houston by the United States. The Chinese Foreign Ministry appealed to Washington to reverse its “erroneous decision.”

The Trump administration directed the Houston consulate to close within 72 hours on Tuesday. It is alleged that Chinese agents have attempted to steal data from Texas hospitals, including the Texas A&M medical system.

The United States has embassies in Beijing and consulates in five other mainland cities – Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang and Wuhan. It also has a consulate in Hong Kong, the territory of China.