China: US Ambassador's car attacked by protesters
Beijing: The car carrying US Ambassador to China was on Wednesday attacked here by a group of about 50 anti-Japanese protesters, an incident that was described by Beijing as an "accidental case".
The Ambassador, Gary Locke, did not sustain any injuries.
According to US officials, about 50 Chinese protesters surrounded the official car of Locke as it came out of the Embassy gate.
The protesters caused minor damage to the vehicle, a statement from the embassy said adding that Locke was safe and not injured.
"Embassy officials have registered their concern regarding today's incident with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and urged the Chinese Government to do everything possible to protect American facilities and personnel," the statement said.
The car was reportedly mobbed as large group of people protesting opposite Japanese Embassy over Tokyo's move to purchase the disputed islands in the East China Sea from a private party spilled over towards US Embassy side which was located in the vicinity.
The main streets of the diplomatic enclave at Liangmaqiao here, where the new Indian Embassy is also located, are filled with protesters for the past few days.
These protesters were allowed to go close to the Japanese Embassy and throw water bottles and eggs at its gates.
Meanwhile, China played down the attack on the US Ambassador's car and said police is investigating the incident "seriously".
"Relevant incident is an accidental case and competent authorities are seriously handling the case", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei told a media briefing here.