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Chinese Consulate in USA Set on Fire, Netizen Reactions

The scene of the fire burning at the front door of Chinese Consulate.

The scene of the fire burning at the front door of Chinese Consulate.

On QQ, NetEase, Sohu, and Sina:

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.

The scene of the incident.
Picture is of the scene of the incident.

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.

The scene of the fire burning at the front door of Chinese Consulate.

The damaged front entrance door of Chinese Consulate General.

The damaged front entrance door of Chinese Consulate General.

The damaged front entrance door of Chinese Consulate General.

Comments from NetEase:

网易安徽省淮南市网友 ip:114.100.*.*:

Sitting here waiting for the U.S. State Department female spokesperson to declare their position.

网易日本手机网友 ip:126.254.*.*:

Protest, strongly protest!

网易海南省海口市手机网友 ip:202.100.*.*:

Quick, come and sternly protest.

网易北京市手机网友 ip:114.242.*.*:

Strongly denounce/condemn!

网易浙江省宁波市手机网友 ip:115.216.*.*:

Protest!

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Comments from QQ:

@为爱『炽狂:

[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.

Tom1:

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.

⑨o后、玩世不恭:

After the perpetrators are caught, hand them over to China!!

2449182381:

Why don’t I see any security outside the consulate? Look at American consulates in China, armed police on duty all day long.

夸克:

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!!!

正在★刷新:

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.

寂寞:

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.

17357608911:

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!

孤傲仙:

“No big deal? It was done by a crazy person! Hope the people of China remain cool,” says the U.S. State Department.

谁的等待、恰逢花开:

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.

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Comments from Sina:

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手机用户 [江苏南京]:

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!!!

装饺子的茶壶 [安徽芜湖]:

I reckon it was committed by an extreme racist, very likely right-wing Japanese elements.

阿宝童鞋_[安徽池州]:

The consulate was set on fire, proving that our foreign diplomacy is as strong as an iron fist. 哈哈

复旦大学永远怀念毛-主-席 [上海]:

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?

手机用户 [西藏拉萨]:

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!

手机用户 [安徽合肥]:

The U.S. government bears responsibility.

手机用户 [广东深圳]:

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!

手机用户 [河北石家庄]:

Seeing Americans set our consulate on fire, we Chinese people are furious. Is this the western civilization you Americans flaunt/brag about?!

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Comments from Sohu:

西门官人 [搜狐浙江省温州市网友]:

America is in fact the biggest scoundrel of a country in the world, as well as the biggest terrorists training base. Protest!

钓鱼岛是中国的 [搜狐四川省成都市网友]:

Demand that America strictly investigate [the cause for this incident].

一个人远走高飞 [搜狐山西省网友]:

Condemn…

饭醉分子 [搜狐辽宁省盘锦市网友]:

Perhaps yet again there is someone behind all this.

北斗指路 [搜狐河北省石家庄市网友]:

Who set the fire? Catch him and execute him by shooting.

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Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.

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