Skip to comments.Crowd Attacks The US Ambassador In Beijing
Posted on 09/19/2012 4:59:46 AM PDT by blam
Crowd Attacks The US Ambassador In Beijing
Malcolm Moore, The Telegraph
Sep. 19, 2012, 6:19 AM
A crowd of around 50 Chinese protesters surrounded the official car of the United States ambassador in Beijing, who escaped unharmed, a State department spokesman said.
The melee occurred outside the gates of the US embassy on Tuesday and security guards had to intervene to protect Gary Locke, 62. The protesters caused minor damage to the vehicle, a statement from the embassy said.
"Embassy officials have registered their concern regarding today's incident with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and urged the Chinese Government to do everything possible to protect American facilities and personnel," the statement said.
The incident happened on Tuesday, while large crowds of protesters were massed outside the Japanese embassy nearby, to demand that Japan relinquish control of an island chain claimed by China in the waters between the two countries.
The statement gave no details about the demonstrators who blocked Mr Locke's car, or what angered them.
However the Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei tweeted a photograph of the protest on Tuesday afternoon, and said the crowd had chanted: "Down with US imperialism" and "Pay us back our money!" referring to the trillion dollars or so of US government debt that China holds.
Some Chinese observers have blamed the US for standing behind the Japanese on their claim, and suggested that the US is attempting to foment unrest in the region as a pretext for "pivoting" its naval forces back to the Pacific.
The incident came as the US Defence secretary, Leon Panetta, was meeting with senior Chinese leaders to reassure them that the US does not intend to "contain" China by building up a military presence in Asia.
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And here I thought it was because I drew a really offensive cartoon about Chinese communists! /s
Is he gay too?
Damn even the Chinese are sticking up for the muslims and protesting the movie
You’re absolutely right.
...just wait till they get a load of "Hey Boy."
Couldn’t happen to a better target than that ObamaBot Gary Locke. He disproves the stereotype that all Asians are smart.
It is long past time to reel in our investments in the PRC.
It was good. but it’s long past time.
The PRC is terribly biased, and we need to get out.
Don’t worry, the Chinese aren’t going to let this get out of hand. If I were one of those protesters, I would be concerned about my liver or kidneys. If they get hauled off to prison they may “wake up” metaphorically speaking without either, or both, lol !
My goodness! Those were the “good ol’ days” weren’t they! Loved Bonanza...Hop Sing and the Cartwright gang!
Ambassador Susan Rice says this film was responsible for the incident.
You miss the point. The concern is not that it will get out of hand. the concern is Beijing ordered it to happen in the first place.
Tienanmen Square's protest was, as far as you understand it, a CCP-endorsed party then?
People who have obviously spent no time in China would do well to remember that the Chinese will hate the Japanese long after the communist dynasty is gone.
They're Chinese first, commies later. All the Party is doing is riding the wave. For the moment.