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China urges U.S. to ensure inviolability of diplomatic staff, premises

BEIJING, April 30 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday called on the United States to ensure the inviolability of China's diplomatic and consular staff and premises.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu made the remarks here Friday after China's deputy consul-general to Houston and his family were assaulted by U.S. police while on their way back to China's consulate-general in Houston by car.

The incident is under investigation, Jiang said, adding that China's Foreign Ministry, its embassy in the United States and its Consulate-General in Houston have lodged solemn representations to the United States.

"We noted the spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State saying the U.S. side takes this issue seriously and is investigating it. Protecting the safety of all foreign diplomatic and consular staff in the United States is essential," Jiang said.

China urges the United States to observe the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the China-U.S. consular treaty, investigate the incident as soon as possible and ascertain the responsibility of the U.S. parties concerned, she added.

"We'll firmly safeguard the lawful rights and interests of China's diplomatic and consular staff overseas," she said.


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