BEIJING -- The car of the U.S. ambassador to China was surrounded Tuesday by a small group of demonstrators who damaged the vehicle and briefly prevented it from entering the U.S. Embassy compound in Beijing.
A YouTube video of the incident
showed the protesters chanting slogans such as "down with the
U.S. imperialists" and, in an apparent reference to the Chinese government's
purchase of U.S. government debt, "return the money!"
The five-minute video
shows a black car approaching the embassy and attempting to turn into the
gate. As demonstrators surround the vehicle, several dozen Chinese police
and uniformed guards rush to the scene. Several water bottles are thrown at
the car and one man can be seen banging on the hood of the vehicle.
security forces quickly surround the automobile and push the demonstrators
away from it.
A State Department
spokesperson said Ambassador Gary Locke's car sustained minor damage but the
ambassador was unharmed. The spokesperson said U.S. officials had "registered
our concern" with China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Continues with Update)