Premier Condemns China as "Hooligans"|斐濟事件我方人員掛彩 蘇揆批中耍流氓
Premier Su Tseng-chang used the word "hooligan" to describe two Chinese diplomats after they allegedly barged into a national day celebration in Fiji held by the Taipei Trade Office. A Taiwanese diplomat is believed to sustain a head injury in a physical conflict.
A physical altercation broke out at the reception held by the Taipei Trade Office in Fiji in celebration of Taiwan's National Day. Two uninvited Chinese embassy officials crashed-gate the event, which allegedly caused a Taiwanese diplomat to sustain a mild concussion. The incident sparked wide controversy while Premier Su Tseng-chang condemned the Chinese diplomats for being "hooligans."
The Chinese embassy personnel were being hooligans and attacked one of our staff. This act is intolerable. Although China has diplomatic immunity because it has a diplomatic relationship with Fiji, we still need to tell other countries what China has done.
We have officially filed a report against the Chinese Embassy with the Police Department in Fiji and explained the whole situation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Fiji. We have provided them with all the witnesses and physical evidences in the hope that we can get some justice for our diplomats.
According to Fiji Times report on the 20th, acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu said the alleged assault case lodged by Chinese embassy personnel had been filed, but they would not be conducting further investigations as the matter is now being handled at the diplomatic level as agreed by all parties involved. The Fijian government, on the other hand, said it has not received any notification from either China or Taiwan. The MOFA stressed it has filed a report on the 20th and now the case is being handled on a diplomatic level.
The Taipei Trade Office in Fiji has already filed the report to the Fijian police. However, a diplomatic incident like this will not be handled by the police alone. The handling of the matter will definitely involve diplomatic missions and relevant agencies.
It is clear to us that Fiji doesn't want to solve the problem on a judiciary level, because China has a diplomatic relationship with Fiji, therefore it has diplomatic immunity.
Luo further pointed out that it may not be in Taiwan's favor to bring the case to the judicial level as Taiwan and Fiji don't have a diplomatic relationship. Now, all eyes are on MOFA and how it will handle the case without hurting the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
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