Ambassador stunned at Wang Lijun’s request for asylum

Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily says in its report, in an interview with Newsweek, US Ambassador to China Gary Locke said his first reaction to the news of Wang Lijun seeking asylum was “OH, MY GOD!”

Gary Lock said that when he was at a meeting in Beijing away from the embassy, he received a cryptic email in his mobile phone telling him to “Return to the embassy’s secure communications area immediately.” He rushed back and found a Sino-US diplomatic storm was brewing as Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun was in US consulate in Chengdu seeking asylum.

Wang told Americans that Bo Xilai intended to kill him as he knew too much of the secret about the poisoning and murder of Neil Heywood, a British citizen, so that he wanted to go to America for safety.

Bo Xilai sent armed personnel to surround the consulate, but Wang would not surrender to Bo and finally left for Beijing accompanied by people he trusted.

Locke said “it felt like something out of a spy thriller.”


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