China newspaper blasts US over consulate fire in San Francisco
BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese state-run newspaper on Friday accused the United States of "security failure" after an arsonist severely damaged the door of China's consulate in San Francisco.
The Global Times, a newspaper that is close to China's ruling Communist Party and often strikes a nationalist tone, reproached the American government for failing to provide due protection for Chinese diplomatic personnel and called for "severe punishment" of the offenders.
The attack on Jan 1, which came on the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Washington and Beijing, was condemned by the consulate as a "despicable act" and is under police investigation.
The consulate was targeted in a similar arson attack in March 2008, according to a US media report.