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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The US continues to weaken in the world. Obama is pleased.
Black Swans are flapping their wings all over Asia these days?
The chinese, like the muslims are our friends. Keep repeating, rinse, repeat, etc. Hussein says it is so, so it must be true.
“They saw YouTube videos of Bonanza, and didn’t like the portrayal of Hop Sing.”
Holy sh$t! I am laughing my A#s off here!!! That is pure funny.. squared! Thanks for making me laugh!
My daughter is doing a semester in Beijing.
Prayers for all foreigners in China, please.
You do understand that the Gates of the Japanese Embassy and the US Embassy are not one and the same?
I understand that you are trying to make some omniscient observation about the great and omnipotent power of the CCP and somehow reduce all Chinese to mere party puppets.
That's in fact horsesh!t.
These people were protesting the Japs because they hate the Japs. They spilled over and found some American proxies to harass, most likely because as we've seen, American diplomatic security sucks right now.
If the Chicoms want to send a message they'll knock on the front door.
Get this straight: The CCP is only powerful as long as they can align their agenda to take advantage of the Chinese people's motivations.
The Chinese people are not and never have been puppets any more than an elephant or a bronco is a directly controlled puppet of its current rider.
Ooooh - Look what we can get away with.
Dang it. State Sponsored? Do we know yet?
“The crowd chanted...Pay us back our money!”
LOL.Fat chance, pal.
Do the Chinese really want to go through the apology process again??
LOL! That’s funny right there.
Tell ‘em Mr. Daniels ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSxSc3ylAkg
Were they offended by a cheesey Kung Fu movie?
Hey! It worked for Al Qaeda in Libya.
If they see that Walmart shelves could go empty...