Chinese diplomats injured one of their Taiwanese counterparts during a scuffle in Fiji earlier this month, a senior Taiwanese official said, highlighting rising concerns over Beijing’s aggressive tactics as part of their “wolf warrior” diplomacy.
Two uninvited diplomats from the Chinese embassy in Fiji were asked to leave an event celebrating Taiwan’s national day in Suva on Oct. 8 after they were seen photographing other guests, Taiwan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Harry Tseng told lawmakers in Taipei on Monday.
When confronted by Taiwanese officials, the Chinese diplomats initiated a physical confrontation, leaving one staff member from the Taiwanese representative office in Fiji needing hospital treatment for a head injury, Tseng said.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry condemned what it called “provocative wolf warrior diplomacy” as a violation of rule of law and civilized behavior, a reference to China’s so-called “wolf warriors” — diplomats who have taken an increasingly assertive stance on social media in advocating for Beijing’s policies.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not immediately reply to a request for comment sent via WeChat on Monday.
“We can’t let China bully its way into doing whatever it wants,” Taiwanese lawmaker Wang Ting-yu tweeted. “Our diplomats in Fiji have my full support.”
I am appalled & outraged by the break-in & violent attack carried out by Chinese diplomats against Taiwan’s foreign service members at our national day reception in Fiji.
We can’t let China bully its way into doing whatever it wants. Our diplomats in Fiji have my full support.4:40 AM · Oct 19, 2020
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