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China orders the U.S. to close the Chengdu consulate in return for its relocation to Houston

The US and China took swift action every Friday to close one of the other consulates and deport diplomats, unprecedented steps followed by calls from both sides to ease mounting tensions.

The tit-for-tat closings have raised concerns about a protracted flare-up in the relationship between the world’s two largest economies, even in the midst of the movement to avoid further immediate escalation.

Beijing …