Tensions Increase Between Taiwan & China

Taiwan foreign ministry press briefing

FILE PHOTO: Taiwan Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Joanne Ou speaks at a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan, February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Ben Blanchard

On October 10th Taiwan was hosting a party with 100 distinguished guests celebrating its National Day at diplomatic function in Fiji at the Grand Pacific Hotel in the capital Suva when the even was crashed by two Chinese diplomats.

They began taking pictures of the guests and when asked to leave, they assaulted an official, putting him in the hospital. The foreign ministry spokesperson of the island nation off the coast of Mainland China (Joanne Ou) issued a condemnation over this.

She gave a official statement from Taipei saying Taiwan was a “peace-loving country” that invited people to events around the world for its Oct. 10 National Day, which marks the founding of the Republic of China. She remarked that Taiwan will not be intimidated by China’s “hooligan diplomats”

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian labelled her remarks as “rubbish” and “bogus accusations”.

The Bejing embassy in Fiji confirmed its officials were in a public area on unspecified “official duties” when this happened. The embassy further claimed that the event was triggered by Taiwanese officials displaying a false national flag on a cake and that it was the Taiwan officials that provoked the attack. It is the latest in a series of incidents between China and Taiwan.

Bejing has claimed that Fiji is a supporter of the One China Policy and that this event violated this agreement. It also stated that there are no “Taiwan diplomats”.

In response to the increased tension between the two countries Taiwan held its annual military drill to demonstrate it was capable of repelling a chinese invasion. Taipei has mentioned it would welcome talks between China and Taiwan that would lead towards keeping the peace.






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