Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco Set on Fire, China Makes Representations to the U.S.
ChinaNews January 2 report — According to information posted on the official website of the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, at 21:25 local time January 1st (editor’s note: 13:25 Beijing time January 2), a man coming out of a van parked outside the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco splashed two barrels of gasoline at the front entrance door of the consulate general and set it on fire, causing severe damage to it. The San Francisco Police Department, Fire Department, United States Bureau of State Diplomatic Security, and other departments rushed to the scene immediately to address the situation. At present, the incident is still under investigation.
This arson is a malicious destructive act towards the Chinese consulates in the U.S., severely damaging the facilities of the consulate, threatening the safety of consulate personnel and nearby residents, and China strongly condemnation this.
The Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco has already made representations to the U.S., urging the U.S. to earnestly fulfill its obligations, protect the safety of both the Chinese consular premises and its people, as well as quickly solve the case and bring the perpetrator to justice.
Comments from NetEase:
Sitting here waiting for the U.S. State Department female spokesperson to declare their position.
Protest, strongly protest!
Quick, come and sternly protest.
Comments from QQ:
[The United States] must give an account for this, otherwise who would dare go to America in the future? There should be mutual respect between major powers.
This news report consists of only a few words, and I think the truth of what happened is far more complicated than what has been reported, with the following being my reasons:
First, as we all know, a country’s embassy must always have troops guarding it, let alone a consulate general. That several “kitty cats” carrying a gas canister dared to be so bold, I don’t know if it is because these “kitty cats” were squeezed on the head by a door [were stupid/crazy] or if there are other untold factors involved.
Second, the Chinese Consulate General is on Imperialist America’s soil and just from media reports alone, you can see Imperialist America’s attitude is always one of “hiding-a-dagger-behind-a-smile”, so such a clumsy burning of the main door obviously doesn’t fit Imperialist America’s style, and even suspiciously feels like it was trying to slap Imperialist America in the face [embarrass it]. Even an Imperialist America that has eaten too much KFC would not make such a stupid mistake.
Condemnation is the inevitable diplomatic measure. Who says we are only capable of fighting with our mouths? Shouting about war and killing all the time… that’s what Fatty Kim III does.
After the perpetrators are caught, hand them over to China!!
Why don’t I see any security outside the consulate? Look at American consulates in China, armed police on duty all day long.
Terrorists, just like the small [bad] people in life. It’s like those illegal/malicious tour guides in Thailand or other foreign countries， you can’t say all of Thailand’s tourism industry is bad and ask our countrymen to not visit Thailand just because you have been scammed by an illegal/malicious tour guide in Thailand. With this kind of situation, the best thing to do is deepen cooperation between nations, increase the efforts in fighting against [terrorism], and always be on the guard. For a situation like this to happen, it also proves that China is growing more powerful. After all, the more powerful a nation gets, the more it participates in international affairs, the more enemies it will make. The tall tree attracts the wind!!!
Perhaps this is another country employing people trying to drive a wedge [between China and America]? Is it necessary for America to do something like this? Before things are made clear through investigation, we must not be blindly fooled by what is on the surface, but the matter happened in America, so America cannot avoid responsibility.
Hope America can find the evil behind-the-scenes manipulator responsible for this as soon as possible, and give an explanation to us. China and America should respect each other, make peace with each other in order to create a win-win situation. This is the only way.
Between the righteous and evil, the righteous will always be attacked by the evil. May our motherland’s position in the world be as high and as bright as the sun!
“No big deal? It was done by a crazy person! Hope the people of China remain cool,” says the U.S. State Department.
America should do more to ensure the safety of the consulates of other countries [on American soil], in order to provide a secure working environment for those who work overseas for the exchange and development between nations.
Comments from Sina:
Hope the U.S. authorities severely punish the perpetrators involved, strictly follow the Geneva Convention on Consular Relations, strictly follow the duty of protecting foreign embassies and consulates!!!
I reckon it was committed by an extreme racist, very likely right-wing Japanese elements.
The consulate was set on fire, proving that our foreign diplomacy is as strong as an iron fist.
Why is public security this bad in America? Don’t they have security guards? This was right in front of the Chinese embassy! Did [America] tacitly approve of this?
Looks like America that boasts of its democracy has already rotten beyond saving! Ultra-nationalism and terrorism have already propagated and spread on American soil! The time of turmoil and unrest approaches for American society!
The U.S. government bears responsibility.
This is America. This is the country that boasts about its democracy on a daily basis. Our Chinese compatriots must think deeply. When American devils are so despicable, we must be on our guard!
Seeing Americans set our consulate on fire, we Chinese people are furious. Is this the western civilization you Americans flaunt/brag about?!
Comments from Sohu:
America is in fact the biggest scoundrel of a country in the world, as well as the biggest terrorists training base. Protest!
Demand that America strictly investigate [the cause for this incident].
Perhaps yet again there is someone behind all this.
Who set the fire? Catch him and execute him by shooting.