China urges U.S. to ensure safety following consulate arson attack

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The Chinese Foreign Ministry urged the United States on Friday to bring the perpetrators to justice, following an arson attack on the Chinese consulate-general in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Spokesman Qin Gang said at a press conference the Chinese Foreign Ministry and embassy and consulates to the U.S. have lodged solemn representations to the U.S. side, demanding it to investigate the case as soon as possible and bring the culprit to justice.

“We have also required that the U.S. to take effective measures to protect Chinese diplomatic institutions and staff in the country, and prevent the recurrence of similar incidents,” Qin said.

On Wednesday, a person got out of a mini-van parked in front of the main entrance of the Chinese consulate-general in San Francisco, California, poured two buckets of gasoline onto the front door and set it alight, severely damaging the door, according to a statement posted on the website of the consulate-general.

Meanwhile, Qin said, “Now, the investigation is under way,” adding that the Chinese side will release more information in a timely manner as it is available.

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