Chinese authorities prepare to enter the United States Consulate in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province, Monday, July 27, 2020 Image Credit: AP

Beijing: Chinese authorities took possession of the closed US consulate in Chengdu on Monday, the foreign ministry said, after it was ordered to shut last week by Beijing.

"At 10am on July 27th, according to the Chinese side's request, the US consulate in Chengdu was closed. Afterwards, Chinese authorities entered through the front entrance and took it over," the ministry's public diplomacy office said in a statement on its official social media account.