By Yuan Yue, Sina English
The spokesperson for the United States Department of State Victoria Nuland expressed concern for Gary Locke, U.S. ambassador to China, on September 19th, while reiterated that the U.S. does not take sides on the islands dispute.
The U.S. ambassador to China was slightly hurt in his car on Tuesday, when 50 people surrounded his car as he tried to enter the embassy.
The intention of the attackers, as Nuland explained, is still not clear. But initial estimate indicates that it could be related to America's stance on the Diaoyu Islands dispute. Nuland reiterated that the U.S. does not take position on the islands dispute.
The U.S. hopes to see the problem solved through bilateral talks, and will continue to hope so, she said.
She added she hopes no such impression will be exerted on others that U.S. is "behind Japan".