Chinese diplomat assaulted by US police: Foreign Ministry

China on Friday said its deputy Consul-General in Houston and his family were assaulted by American police and asked Washington to ensure "inviolability" of its diplomatic staff and premises.

Updated: Apr 30, 2010, 23:04 PM IST

Beijing: China on Friday said its deputy
Consul-General in Houston and his family were assaulted by
American police and asked Washington to ensure "inviolability"
of its diplomatic staff and premises.

The US Embassy in Beijing said the State Department
was taking the matter "very seriously" and findings of the
investigations would be shared with China.
China`s deputy consul-general to Houston and his
family were assaulted by US police while on their way back to
China`s consulate-general in Houston by car, Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.

"Protecting the safety of all foreign diplomatic and
consular staff in the United States is essential," she said.

"The incident is under investigation," Jiang said.

China urges the US to observe the Vienna Convention on
Consular Relations and the China-US consular treaty,
investigate the incident as soon as possible and ascertain the
responsibility of the US parties concerned, she added.

"We`ll firmly safeguard the lawful rights and
interests of China`s diplomatic and consular staff overseas,"
she said.
PTI