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Fiji Govt says it remains in the dark over China-Taiwan stoush
05:29 am GMT+12, 20/10/2020, Fiji

Fiji's government says it has not received any communication from the Taiwan Trade Office or the Chinese Embassy over reports an official was hospitalised following a stoush involving the two offices.
 
Police have confirmed a complaint was lodged by the Chinese Embassy on the 8 October.
 
Taiwan had since alleged its Fiji office librarian was assaulted by two diplomats from the Chinese Embassy.
 
Taiwan's Deputy Foreign Minister, Harry Ho-jen Tseng, said the alleged assault took place at a reception to celebrate Taiwan's national day in Suva.
 
Tseng claimed when police arrived at the scene, the "Chinese embassy staff refused to (assist their) investigation on the grounds of "diplomatic immunity".
 
Police said they were investigating the incident and working alongside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out what happened.
 
Fiji's acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Yogesh Karan, said they would like to hear from both diplomatic missions.
 
The alleged assault is the first physical confrontation between members of both diplomatic missions, and a Taiwanese official said the Chinese diplomats had "falsely claimed" that they had been attacked.
 
China views democratic Taiwan as part of China and demands that other countries recognise only the government in Beijing and deny diplomatic recognition to the Taipei.

RNZ PACIFIC/PACNEWS


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