By Patrick Lozada
An envelope filled with suspicious powder was opened in the Guangzhou office of the US Consulate General on Monday, prompting the office’s indefinite closure. Local paper the Yancheng Evening News reports that the powder was white and that it spilled out from a torn envelope and onto an employee’s clothes.
While it is unknown for how long consular services in Guangzhou will remain suspended, SCMP reports that a two-day closure of the consular section would delay some 1,800 visa applications. CRI English went further, saying:
“All applications for immigration visas to the United States nationwide as well as other U.S. services in some regions across China have been put on hold because of the situation.”
Although, no employees of the consulate have shown symptoms of poisoning the white powder is being sent to
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