Shanghai Embassy Marines not short of food, despite reports

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Serious concerns have been raised recently after reports that maritime security guards at the US consulate in Shanghai were running out of food following the country’s latest coronavirus lockdown.

An embassy worker was seen on a private WeChat platform on Tuesday asking for spare food for the seven US Marines there, according to a recent Reuters report.

“The Marines have run out of food and can’t get it delivered anymore,” the employee reportedly told consulate colleagues living in Shanghai. “I know we are all short of supplies. If you can spare a meal or two’s worth for 7 more mouths, they would be very grateful.

But while the Marines’ alleged appeals were answered and “beyond grateful,” another consulate staffer reported online, a Navy official told the Marine Corps Times that while the Embassy employees’ intentions were good, the situation was out of proportion and was ultimately distorted.

“The Marines have two weeks of MRE and water, non-perishable commercial goods, eggs and perishables,” the official said. “The Marines are fine.”

The official’s comments were also later confirmed by an official statement from a State Department spokesperson.

“MSGs have been and continue to be supported and adequately provided for by the Post and the State,” the spokesperson said. “There are no confirmed reports of shortages.”

Shanghai’s latest coronavirus lockdown has been the source of serious controversy worldwideas one of the strictest guidelines states that infected children will be separated from uninfected parents.

The policy is also responsible for forcing almost all of its 26 million residents to stay at home, meaning food delivery services and shopping are almost entirely impossible.

A statement from the US mission to China, however, shared that despite the severity of the lockdown, all US citizens are being taken care of appropriately.

“The United States has no higher priority than the safety, health and welfare of American citizens abroad,” the statement said. “We are actively working with our citizens and assisting them with disruptions related to the recent COVID-19 outbreaks in China, especially in the Shanghai and Jilin regions. This includes additional U.S. personnel throughout China, including the Embassy in Beijing and our Consulates General in Shanghai, Shenyang, Guangzhou, and Wuhan, to support U.S. citizens.

“People’s Republic of China (PRC) authorities have expanded COVID-19 prevention and control measures as outbreaks occur. Ambassador Burns and other mission officials are raising our concerns about some of these issues directly with PRC officials. »

Rachel is a Marine Corps veteran, a Penn State alumnus, and a master’s candidate at New York University for Business and Economic Reporting.

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