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Arson attack on Chinese consulate in San Francisco

BEIJING (AP) - The Chinese Consulate in San Francisco said Thursday that its compound was damaged in an arson attack and urged American authorities to protect the safety of its diplomats and its premises.

The consulate said in a notice on its website that a person came out of a van parked outside the compound Wednesday night with two buckets of gasoline, poured the fuel on the front of the consulate building and set it on fire.

The consulate's notice, which was in Chinese, did not identify the individual or say how the consulate knew what had caused the fire.

The notice said the fire caused serious damage and that San Francisco's police and fire departments arrived at the scene.

A telephone message left with the San Francisco Police Department wasn't immediately returned.

The notice called the incident "a sabotage of a vile nature" and said China had urged U.S. authorities to launch an immediate investigation. It also said an investigation was underway.

The fire caused "serious damage to the facilities of the consulate and endangered the safety of the consulate officials and the citizens living nearby. We express strong condemnation," the statement said.

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efrain January 02 2014 at 8:32 AM

Many people don't like the abuse that the Chinese communist are causing, but it doesn't matter to all the american and european companies in China because slave labor and child labor and maximum profits is all that counts. GM took american tax payer dollars and open more shops in China. So China benefits from our companies, technology, our jobs and takes our money and build up their Military at our expense. What a bunch of dumb ******** politicians we have in Washington eh?

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fielm1 January 02 2014 at 12:57 PM

This is how wars start. Some idiot/idiots were unable to make a civilized statement without violence!
How sad actions like this reflect poorly on what our nation has become.

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luvprr January 02 2014 at 2:07 PM

"Buckets" of gas? Who in America travels with buckets of gas in a van--were they open buckets? Perhaps something was lost in the translation?

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kbeachoh luvprr January 02 2014 at 4:46 PM

Must have been some some stagged Chinese idiots for their government.

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seban January 02 2014 at 11:19 AM

Yes, I'm sure the Chinese are so concerned about the residents in the neighborhood along with their spies. It's unfortunate the global elitists and our own politicians especially since Clinton have sold our manufacturing base out creating more internal socio-economic chaos. Exactly whom did NAFTA, GATT and China's entry into the WTO in 2000 benefit? Our tepid "leaders" are in bed with the Chinese enemy as they're rising due to their primary goal of destroying the primacy of our economic, military power. Why have they become more aggressive over the disputed island chain of rocks with Japan? Why are the building their military? Yes, they have massive internal problems as they've become capitalist with authoritarian rule. They are investing in countries throughout the continents for anything other than altruistic means. Congratulations to our engaging in business with them over the past three decades. When you're willing to sell your industry and proprietary information for the "opportunity" to gain access to their markets you've already been played. Yes, the Chinese will listen to any business plans as they love our innovative technology. Then, they'll learn to build it themselves and employ Chinese workers. Pathetic that American companies, Presidents, and most certainly the American consumer through clothes, cell phones, computers are making China the economic power it's become. Be wary of their "peaceful rise" talk. I don't trust our own government anymore, but the Chinese are treacherous in their desire to destroy the United States as they feel it's their destiny because of thousands of years of history.

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topspin360 seban January 02 2014 at 12:56 PM

Actually, NAFTA was voted on and approved by a republican controlled House and Senate. Al it would have took to crush the treaty would have been a down vote by your side.

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ftrwolf January 02 2014 at 11:07 AM

Consulate without surveillance cameras!!!

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Sambitious January 02 2014 at 3:01 PM

This a shame, for it is happening all around the world. I believe we should beef up security and become more aware conscientious for security in our country. If we let this slip by and do nothing,( as to how to improve security in our schools, colleges, public buildings and now government buildings), we will have more tragedies and horrific killings from outside sources. We must focus on HOW we can improve and protect ourselves. We must stop talking the talk and now walk the walk. It is up to every individual to become aware(without becoming paranoid) to do our parts. We must work hand and hand with our local governments, as well as our federal governments to ensure safety for each and every individual. This is a great country despite its problems. I wouldn't want to live any other place than right here in the United States of America. God Bless All of You!!!

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Jay January 02 2014 at 10:31 AM

It was most probably a Chinese guy that did it. They want their freedom too and they want it at home.

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Bright Blessings January 02 2014 at 6:13 PM

The perp was likely of independent means considering the cost of two buckets of gasoline (one bucket would have made the same statement).
All that dough and little else to do with your time. The sins of the rich and fuely.

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William Bright Blessings January 02 2014 at 10:58 PM

It's the liberals that always resort to violence.

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Mike January 02 2014 at 6:26 PM

Just on it's face, it sounds a little suspicious that a perpetrator would carry gasoline in buckets in a van. Seems too unstable a way to transport highly volatile and flammable liquids. Thankfully, San Francisco Fire Department has highly qualified investigators and I have every confidence that they'll get to the bottom of this.

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cggeorgina January 02 2014 at 8:21 AM

You want to get back at China, don't buy their products. BUY AMERICAN.

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lebcf cggeorgina January 02 2014 at 8:58 AM

cggeorgina - I wish I could but it is just about impossible to find anything made in America today .

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MatuArt lebcf January 02 2014 at 9:51 AM

That is the truth. I look at every label of every products before buying. How many Americans do that? We all should.

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Bernie lebcf January 02 2014 at 10:24 AM

I try to check labels also when I have a choice…. I once got a call from a regional chain supermarket manager in response to a comment I had filed on products that I had previously purchased at that chain that were no longer on the shelves…. I quickly noted to him that above the front entrance of his store was the slogan “Proudly American Owned”, which he immediately took pride in…. I then pointed out that I had checked the non-perishable items in 3 of the aisles in his store and over 85% of the items were products of countries other than the United States… and finished up with “so much for pride in America”…

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