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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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Danny January 03 2014 at 1:01 AM

I would love to get Hillary involved but they would only send her back to us.

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Danny January 03 2014 at 12:59 AM

I bet it was about some movie????????????

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pwrofz January 03 2014 at 12:15 AM

let's get Hillery involved

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yaroshjeff January 02 2014 at 7:02 PM

We should put as much efort into finding the perps as they would.

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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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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 January 02 2014 at 10:58 PM

It's the liberals that always resort to violence.

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stees4 January 02 2014 at 5:23 PM

A disgruntled formerly employed person could have perpetrated such an attack as well. He/she may have lost their job because that job went to China. The headlines: "Americans fight back"

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JRPMCMSF January 02 2014 at 7:16 PM

It could very possibly be that, though given the employees are presumably all Chinese nationals, or heavily screened if locals (like cleaning staff, say), the means of arson makes their involvement seem a little unlikely - I just think the arsonist would come up with a far more subtle - and effective - means from within. Could be a digruntled Chinese national, a Chinese-American, or someone from another regional nation with some national or personal grievance with China - Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and of course it could have been a native-born American (of any race / ethnicity), as you suggested.

SF is also a city full of people passionately devoted to every imaginable cause, including China-focused, everything from 'Free Tibet' to human rights to environmentalism., as well as having an association with China that's as old as the city itself, dating to the late-1840s Gold Rush. The ties are long and deep, and there's a large Chinese-American population, any one of whom might have some seething grievance (for whatever reason) against China itself. And (IMO) it would be much easier for a resident than for a visitor to acquire all the materials used, so strikes me as a local crime, though could be with any imaginable sort of extended connection, of course.


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mesager42 January 02 2014 at 3:48 PM

So Americans have been attacked by terrorists. The Russians have been attacked by terrorists, and so have other nations with modern governments. Were the Chinese feeling left out?

Guess the Chinese now feel like they are a part of the "we've been attacked by terrorists" fearmongering governments that feel the need to use NSA-like tactics to justify collecting intelligence.

Welcome to the club?

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Purple Shell January 02 2014 at 4:02 PM

Your post show lack of intelligence and empathy.

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God Bless You January 02 2014 at 3:44 PM

Preemptive attack of this nature ( an act of sabotage is really a type of preemptive attack ) should be investigated and the culprits should be punish with years in prison. i rather have the chinese as friends than the russians, etc. As friends you can trust their loyalty. I have had many chinese friends. I had never been disppointed of their friendship. Some of these comments below shows how ignorant some people are of other foreigners in this Country.

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Cindy January 02 2014 at 7:55 PM

You could say that about any group of people, but we aren't talking about the people, we are talking about the government of a nation. We shouldn't trust the Chinese government anymore than we trust the Russian government.

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jgedas January 02 2014 at 3:26 PM

Maybe the Chinese stage the whole thing to just make us look bad.

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Walt January 02 2014 at 3:33 PM


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kbeachoh January 02 2014 at 4:38 PM

I wondered the same thing. I think it might be a political play by them or even North Korea and them.

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