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U.S. Pullout of Locked-Down Shanghai Deepens China Tensions

  • Foreign ministry calls move political ‘smear’ on virus policy
  • U.S.-China tensions worsened over differing pandemic policies
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U.S. Tells Non-Essential Government Staff to Leave Shanghai
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The U.S. ordered all non-emergency staff at its Shanghai consulate to leave China, drawing a rebuke from Beijing and generating criticism even from Americans in the locked-down financial hub.

The State Department ordered the departures Monday, according to a post on its website, as most of Shanghai’s 25 million residents were restricted to their homes for at least two weeks. Anger has risen over food shortages, the inability to access medical care and even pet killings.