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Terrorism ruled out in consulate arson

By CHEN JIA in San Francisco and ZHAO YANRONG in Beijing  (China Daily)    13:23, January 04, 2014
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Wang Chuan, spokesman for China's consulate general in San Francisco, speaks to the media outside the damaged entrance to the building on Thursday. The consulate said its compound was damaged in an arson attack on New Year's Day and urged US authorities to protect the safety of its diplomats and its premises. JEFF CHIU / ASSOCIATED PRESS

As investigation continues in San Francisco, China calls on the US to enhance security

An arson attack on China's consulate general in San Francisco on New Year's Day was not the work of terrorists, the FBI said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Peter Lee said on Thursday the bureau is not investigating the incident as an act of terrorism and that the fire was caused by using a gas-based liquid with accelerants.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the attack is still being investigated.

Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a daily news briefing that no individual or organization has been confirmed as being responsible for the attack.

Surveillance cameras inside the consulate showed a person getting out of a minivan in front of the building, splashing the front gate with two buckets of gasoline and then setting it on fire at 9:25 pm on Wednesday.

Qin said on Thursday in Beijing, a few hours after the attack, "The Chinese Foreign Ministry and relevant diplomatic missions in the US have lodged solemn representations with the US side, requiring it to solve the case as soon as possible."

China also asked the US to bring the perpetrators to justice, take effective measures to enhance the protection of Chinese diplomatic missions and staff members