China says it protects foreign diplomats after US Consulate incident

Sonic attack warning issued as US citizens fall ill in China | Daily Star

The diplomats were flown out by the State Department, which also sent in a medical team to evaluate other employees at the American Consulate along with their families, who may be experiencing similar symptoms, according to The New York Times.

A mysterious ailment hit American diplomats and their families in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, reported AFP.

Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement that the individuals from the US office in Guangzhou were returned home for further evaluation, Reuters reported.

Employees at the American consulate in Guanzhou, China have fallen ill and exhibited symptoms similar to those displayed by USA workers in Cuba, who in 2016 also heard odd noises.

In the Cuba episode past year, 21 people fell ill with injuries including hearing loss, cognitive difficulties and sleep problems in what the State Department called an "attack".

Meanwhile, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press release that a number of US government personnel were sent back to the United States for further evaluation after the "medical incident" in China. That's where doctors have been treating and studying patients evacuated from the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

China earlier said it had looked into the case announced last month but came up with no clues about the cause of the symptoms.

Asked about the latest incidents, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the US had not formally raised the matter with Beijing.

'If the US makes formal contact with us, China will continue necessary investigations in an earnest and responsible manner and maintain close communication and cooperation with the US, ' Hua said at a regularly scheduled news conference. The retelling of his and his wife's experience to the Times heavily resembles what the diplomats in Cuba reportedly suffered: headaches, odd physical symptoms, and occasional "unusual noises".

A Chinese government investigation has shed no light on why a USA diplomat fell ill at the consulate in Guangzhou after hearing mysterious sounds, an official said Thursday.

In May, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the symptoms experienced by the American worker evacuated from China in April were the same as those exhibited by diplomats in Cuba during testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

A USA medical team has been screening more personnel and their family members who work in Guangzhou this week in order to determine who may have been affected. The diplomats who reported problems with hearing loss, balance, vision, sleep, and headaches in Cuba were living in hotels and other dense dwellings-places where a listening device or other unknown technology could have easily been planted nearby.

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