July 6th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
5 years ago

White House responds to unrest in China

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has issued the following statement about the situation in Western China:

"We are deeply concerned over reports of many deaths and injuries from violence in Urumqi in western China. Reports, so far, are unclear about the circumstances surrounding the deaths and injuries, so it would be premature to comment or speculate further. We call on all in Xinjiang to exercise restraint."

Related: Scores killed in ethnic unrest in China


Filed under: China • Obama administration
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Donkey Party

    The stupidity on display from right-wing posters today is pretty sickening. Smart voters should do everything in their power to ensure that people like these, our own "American Taliban", never make it into office, and strip them of their votes entirely. If I wanted religious fanatics in office, I'd move to Iran. What the hell does the right want Obama to do, attack China???

    July 6, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Marc

    Mississipi Mike – The 'ties to Al Qaeda' were never really proven, they stand more like a bogus excuse used by the Chinese government to persecute the Uigurs or Uighrs, and GWBush bought it hook, line and sinker. And as of the 'If you don't meet violence with violence, you can not win', FINALLY YOU LET SLIP THAT YOU ARE NOT THE CHRISTIAN YOU PRETEND TO BE!!!!
    Peace to all, specially those who are persecuted with lies to back up and justify their ordeals issued by their enemies.

    July 6, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Randolph Carter

    Dutch wrote:
    First Iran, then Honduras and now China. That world is in chaos. I smell anarchy on the horizon.

    Dutch, the world has always been in chaos. The trick is to learn how to surf that chaos. I propose an alternative to anarchy. Lotterarchy. Everyone buys one ticket and all political positions are filled with randomly drawn people. Have a nice day!

    July 6, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I guess we'll just have to add China to the list of countries Obama is 'deeply concerned' about, including Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Mexico and Honduras. I'm sure those suffering are comforted by his concern.

    July 6, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Where's McCain?

    We need John McCain to make a very firm statement about the violence in China.

    Where are ya Johnny Baby?

    July 6, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. John

    First Iran, then Honduras and now China.

    We have many important issues here to take care of:
    1. Economy
    2. Health Care
    3. Wars
    4. Unemployment
    5. Crimes, Homicides and Gang Violence
    6. Education

    July 6, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Maryann Rose

    "ehillman" and "Jim in Miami Beach" are apparently so upset about the comments being closed on that nastiness that Rep. Peter King said about Michael Jackson, that they thought they'd agree with him on a different thread!

    So in keeping with being mad at CNN for closing the comments on there too soon:

    Anyone who agrees with Rep. King about Michael Jackson is a racist.

    (If you don't want to post this, CNN, I understand...just thought you'd get a chuckle out of my comment – I'm actually used to you guys not posting my comments.)

    July 6, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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