Fire at Chinese Consulate in San Francisco Investigated as Arson

China calls for better U.S. protection of diplomats

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Stephen Lam / Reuters

Wang Chuan, a spokesman for the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, points to a damaged door during a news conference after an unidentified person set fire in San Francisco, California January 2, 2014.

Federal officials claim the fire that charred the entrance of China’s consulate in San Francisco on Wednesday was started deliberately, prompting calls from Beijing for the U.S. to better protect foreign diplomats.

The FBI stated that the incident, in which no one was harmed, was being investigated as arson, but not as an act of terrorism. Wang Chuan, spokesman for the consulate, said that surveillance footage showed a person pouring two buckets of petrol on the building before setting it ablaze.

“We hope that the U.S. takes all necessary measures to provide adequate protection to the consular personnel and properties and bring the culprits to justice as soon as possible,” Chuan added.

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4 comments
duduong
duduong

Americans are the ultimate bullies. They care only about "we-against-them" and not about right-vs-wrong. This thing will either be hushed up or at least seriously downplayed, simply because the US feels threatened by Chinese achievements of recent years.

ChinaLee
ChinaLee

Terrorism is the more accurate description of the attack on the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. Since there were people nearby, it is obvious that the intentionally-set fire was meant to hurt or kill them. As described by the consulate spokesman: "The fire caused serious damage and endangered consulate officials and citizens living nearby, Wang said."

Arson is not the proper description in this case. Arson is the intentional use of fire to cause mere property damage (and usually to collect the insurance proceeds).

The intent here was not mere property damage, but to scare, harm, or kill Chinese consulate employees. Hence, terrorism is the proper description and charge that should be levied at the criminal.

LacompaCida
LacompaCida

Whenever the US faces attack in foreign countries, the advice from Chinese posters are always "US should review its foreign policy.  Will PRC listen to its people on this one ?

duduong
duduong

@LacompaCida 

US foreign policy has caused the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians; the Chines foreign policy, zero. Just the comparison itself is an insult to China and a shameless effort to whitewash American war crimes. Have you no sense of decency left?