Beijing demonstrators damage US ambassador’s car
A car carrying the US ambassador to China was mildly damaged after becoming the target of boisterous anti-Japan demonstrators who were expressing outrage over a territorial dispute and marking the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of China.
The State Department said in a statement Wednesday that Ambassador Gary Locke was unhurt in the incident, and that diplomats have expressed concerns to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Around 50 protesters surrounded Locke's car as he tried to enter the embassy and were eventually removed by Chinese security personnel.
The incident comes amid heightened vigilance for American diplomats following unrelated violent attacks on US embassies and missions in more than 20 Muslim countries.