China strongly condemns a violent attack as a vehicle crashes into the Chinese consulate in San Francisco
Published: Oct 10, 2023 09:42 AM Updated: Oct 10, 2023 11:31 PM
Police cars and other emergency vehicles outside the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.

Police cars and other emergency vehicles outside the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.

Following an incident in which a vehicle rammed into the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco on Monday afternoon local time, the Chinese Foreign Ministry, along with the Chinese consulate, voiced strong condemnations of this attack, and urged the US to swiftly conduct an inquiry and to take robust measures to ensure the safety of Chinese diplomatic establishments and personnel. 

San Francisco police and fire crews attended the consulate after the vehicle crashed into the consulate's visa office on Monday, CBS News reported, citing the San Francisco Fire Department.

San Francisco police fatally shot the suspect who drove the vehicle, media reported, citing authorities.

The incident unfolded at 3:09 pm when an unidentified suspect drove a car into the visa office, located at Laguna Street and Geary Boulevard, and the vehicle came to a rest inside the office's lobby, local news site KTVU FOX 2 reported. 

Police responded to the scene and made contact with the driver. During this encounter, an officer-involved shooting occurred, and the wounded male suspect was taken to a hospital where he later died, according to the news site. Police have not yet named the suspect.

On the morning of Tuesday Beijing time, an unidentified individual rammed a vehicle into the visa office of our Consulate-General in San Francisco in an attempt to hurt people and consulate staff on the spot, Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a routine press conference on Tuesday. The consulate swiftly responded to and dealt with the situation. The perpetrator was brought under control by the local police.

China has demanded a speedy investigation and effective steps from the US to ensure the safety of Chinese diplomatic missions and personnel in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, Wang said.

The Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco strongly condemned the attack and said it has lodged a formal protest with the US side. 

This action posed a grave threat to the safety of the staff and the public inside the visa hall, causing serious damage to the consulate's facilities and property. The nature of this incident is extremely heinous, a consulate spokesperson said. 

We strongly condemn this violent attack and reserve the right to pursue accountability related to this incident. We have lodged a formal protest with the US side, demanding a swift investigation to uncover the truth and to deal with the incident in accordance with the law, the consulate spokesperson said. 

This is not the first time the Chinese consulate in San Francisco was attacked. In 2014, it was heavily damaged after an unidentified person set fire to the main gate, according to media reports. 

After each of these incidents, the US government promised to enhance security for Chinese consulates, but subsequent events suggest that these promises have not been adequately upheld, media professional Hu Xijin said in a Weibo post on Tuesday.

It is evident that the situation in US society is chaotic, and it places Chinese consulate staff in a perilous situation akin to "diplomats in a war zone," Hu said, noting that the failure of the local police to prevent such incidents undoubtedly becomes a stain on US diplomacy.