Chinese officials create ruckus during Taiwan’s National Day celebrations in Fiji, staff hurt

Chinese diplomats injured one of their Taiwanese counterparts during a scuffle in the South Pacific earlier this month, a senior Taiwanese official said, highlighting rising concerns over Beijing’s aggressive “wolf warrior” diplomacy.

Two uninvited diplomats from the Chinese embassy in Fiji were asked to leave an event celebrating Taiwan’s National Day 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.

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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 Chinese diplomats who have taken an increasingly assertive stance on social media in advocating for Beijing’s policies.

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