World Fight between Chinese and Taiwanese officials during a party in Fiji

16:15  21 october  2020
16:15  21 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Le Grand Pacific hotel où s'est produit la bagarre. © Google Street View screenshot The Grand Pacific hotel where the fight took place.

Taiwan has accused two Chinese officials of attending an Oct. 8 party at a luxury hotel in the Fijian capital and assaulting one of its employees.

A scuffle between Taiwanese and Chinese officials during a reception at Fiji prompted a reciprocal exchange of accusations on Monday, amid high tensions between Taipei and Beijing. Taiwan accused two Chinese officials of having invited themselves to a party on October 8 at a luxury hotel in the Fijian capital Suva, and of assaulting one of its employees.

The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said its trade office, the equivalent of an informal diplomatic representation, had organized a party with around 100 guests on the occasion of Taiwanese National Day. He claims that two employees of the China Embassy in Fiji, who managed to break in, started taking pictures of the guests. According to the ministry, when they were asked to leave the scene, they attacked a Taiwanese official who had to go to the hospital.

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A regime not recognized by the UN

"We strongly condemn these actions of the personnel of the Chinese embassy in Fiji" , declared Monday Joanne Ou, the spokesperson of the Taiwanese ministry of the Foreign affairs. The Chinese Embassy in Fiji said its officials were "outside the site of the event" as part of "official duties". She said that the Taiwanese mission staff “acted provocatively” and “injured” a Chinese diplomat.

In its statement, Taipei claims that Chinese diplomats were taken away by the police and "falsely claimed" to have been attacked.

China considers Taiwan as part of its territory. The island is ruled by a rival regime, which took refuge there after the Communists seized power on the mainland in 1949 after the Chinese Civil War.

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Taiwan has its own flag and currency, but is not recognized as a state by the UN. The regime is officially called the “Republic of China”. It is only recognized by 15 states around the world. Fiji only recognizes the People's Republic of China (Communist), based in Beijing.

A "serious violation" according to Beijing

"A false national flag was exhibited (during this evening), and the cake (served to the guests) also displayed this false national flag" , rebelled Monday in front of the press Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. He denounced a "serious violation" of the principle that the People's Republic is the sole legitimate representative of China.

A spokeswoman for the Fijian police told AFP that an investigation is underway, without providing further details. When asked, the Fijian Foreign Ministry did not respond.

China has stepped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, as she rejects Beijing and the previous Taiwanese government's view that the island is part of “d 'one China' .

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