US ambassador to China surrounded by protestors, car damaged; Updated

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The president reportedly gave a shout-out to the Islamic world this afternoon at a taping of “The Late Show with David Letterman,” thanking Muslims for working with the U.S. “to keep our people safe.” In the meantime, another U.S. ambassador found himself surrounded by protesters in China.

Reports say that Ambassador Gary Locke was surrounded in his car by a group of around 50 protesters, who caused minor damage to the vehicle. A State Department spokesperson issued a statement saying, “Embassy officials have registered their concern regarding today’s incident with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and urged the Chinese Government to do everything possible to protect American facilities and personnel.”

Next week's Newsweek cover? MT @markmackinnon "about 50" protesters surrounded Gary Locke's car in Beijing & caused minor damage. He unhurt.

— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) September 19, 2012

Damn that video! RT @zerohedge: 50 protesters surrounded US Ambassador Gary Locke's car in Beijing on Tuesday, and caused minor damage – AP

— Rex In Effect (@RexHarrisonsHat) September 19, 2012

Anti Mao movie? RT @zerohedge: 50 protesters surrounded US Ambassador Gary Locke's car in Beijing on Tuesday, and caused minor damage – AP

— Not At War Barry (@Barry_O44) September 19, 2012

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is meeting with Chinese leaders in Beijing this week, including Vice President Xi Jinping.

Panetta to Xi: "We are two great pacific nations. We want to begin what you have called a new model relationship."

— Julian E. Barnes (@julianbarnes) September 19, 2012

Xi meets Panetta looks healthy pic.twitter.com/WRIkNXtl

— Julian E. Barnes (@julianbarnes) September 19, 2012

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Update:

Video of the mob attacking Locke’s car:

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/09/18/us-ambassador-to-china-surrounded-by-protestors-car-damaged/

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