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Taiwan says Chinese diplomats assaulted official in Fiji

Taiwan on Monday accused two Chinese diplomats of gatecrashing a hotel function hosted by its de facto embassy in Fiji and assaulting an employee.

Taipei’s foreign ministry said its trade office — the equivalent of an embassy — was hosting a party in the Fijian capital Suva on October 8 to celebrate Taiwan’s National Day.

Two Chinese embassy workers in Fiji gatecrashed the gathering and began taking pictures of guests, the statement said.

When the pair were asked to leave, they assaulted an official, putting him in hospital.

“We strongly condemn the actions by the Chinese embassy in Fiji staff for seriously violating the rule of law and civilised code of conduct,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said on Monday.

Taiwan’s representative office has submitted evidence to Fiji’s foreign ministry and local police as well as lodged a protest with the Chinese embassy, Ou added.

A Fiji police spokeswoman said an investigation into the Taiwanese function at the Grand Pacific Hotel was ongoing and its officers were working with Fiji’s foreign affairs ministry.

She declined to provide further details and Fiji’s foreign ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

There was no immediate comment from Beijing.

In its statement Taipei said the Chinese diplomats were taken away by the police and “falsely claimed” that they had been attacked.

Taiwan said the alleged assault was the first ever physical confrontation between members of Beijing and Taipei’s diplomatic missions. Read from source….