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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“...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....”
Sam, I agree with you and I think it goes all the way back to the “Rape of Nanking” in the late 1930s. Maybe even further than that. They’ve never forgotten it.
Two days ago I saw a sign (in English) in the crowd of Chinese protesters that said, "Never Forget Nanking."
Unless someone more knowledgeable instructs me otherwise, I am not prepared to believe that a mob would assault a U.S. diplomat anywhere in China, unless that action were endorsed and approved by the Chinese government.
If I were to ever truly “fear” any particular nation/race to rise, it’d be the Chinese.
The ones that have been & are outside China are “cashed up”, communist or not, would mostly still support China. (period/full stop).
They mostly like the freedoms, opportunity to make money elsewhere. Make no mistakes, they are hard working, persistent, great/tough traders/business people, expedient in their politics, diplomatic (when required), and don’t give a damn if they had to play dumb, deaf & blind. Life is cheap to them, even for their own race. They are in a word “persistent” as a race, individually.
The US should not allow itself to become further enslaved to China for $$$$$$$$$$$$$. The old saying is that those who pay you OWN you.
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.
That's a very important point that seems to be completely lost on the majority of FR posters. They see China as some giant, monolithic factory where all of the little Borgs do everything they are told. In reality, as anyone who has been there realizes, it is a miracle the CCP maintains any control over China at all.
LOL.Fat chance, pal.
(Shouting)"Hey Ben! We got another order to print another trillion $'s! Better call in the third shift! We're gonna be working overtime tonight!"
I hope to God Panetta is not reassuring the Chinese of any such thing.
Gunpowder and Lead ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHGPmbu3QNk&feature=related
will watch 2morrow. Late here now. Thanks.
Eliminate caffeine from your diet, Sam. Give it a try.
"Riding the Tiger" indeed, eh!
There are protests all the time in China, Janice Joplin style. "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."
They don't make the news over here, but they certainly happen.
There's also something liberating about anonymity there.
We are tracked and controlled in the US to a far wider and more accurate extent than most Chinese are, certainly in the lower classes. We have less freedom, because we actually exercise it less, because we have more to lose.
The fact that we are all posting in a "Free Republic" with pseudonyms....?
“Pay us back our money...”
The world is salivating at the prospect of our economic collapse.
You know Rush has brought up the collapse several times on his show recently. He was being serious about it, not jocular. His indications were 18 months away, I thought it was much closer than that.
The things we don't know, we don't know. What we do know is... the government lies. We know the unemployment figures are rigged...but...what if they've lied about the debt? How would we know the real amount anyway?
Bernake printing like we're the Wiemar Republic...that's how we know. It is over...all that is left is to wake up the American people to their national poverty.
This is why we need a war. It's how the depression got ended...World War.
Meanwhile, Obama parties it up with a $800/per bottle, 350 bottle champagne tower.
Kerosene ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWoClD6ot0M&feature=related ... Dang It World. America is growing tired of taking. Time for some giving!
Thanks odds. Much appreciation.
Well, you only had three choices.
Defend a weak assertion, concede the limitations of your argument, or bow out with graceless snark.
I shot 9 holes with Locke at Interbay, 7 or 8 years ago. It was pure chance I was a single and got thrown in with his threesome.
I, by no means, rub shoulders with the political class however, I’ve met a lot of politicians through my place of employment: Pelosi, Gorton, McDermmitt, Gregoire etc...
I totally disagree with his politics but, Locke was the first professional liberal I’ve met who didn’t come off like a complete prick. He was pretty nice and didn’t mention politics once.
He’s the kind of guy you disagree with, but you’d be fine golfing with on a regular basis.
War does not end depressions, the death of FDR and his economic policies with him ended the depression
Upset about the crappy movies Jackie Chan stars in for Hollywood compared to the Hong Kong action film classics.