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Newsline: China’s senior diplomat alleged to be serial violent offender

Last month, Chinese diplomats were involved in a brawl with a Hong Kong pro-democracy protester at China’s consulate in Manchester in UK. Now, a report claims that one of the officials involved in the brawl was also accused of assaulting Taiwanese diplomats in Fiji in 2020. According to ABC News, the diplomat is Gao Lianjia. Gao was among the two diplomats who allegedly beat up a Taiwanese official outside the Grand Pacific Hotel in Fiji’s capital, Suva. (https://www.firstpost.com/world/fiji-to-manchester-chinas-senior-diplomat-identified-as-serial-offender-in-violence-cases-11559011.html) The incident happened as Taiwan was celebrating its national day in the hotel. While a war of words erupted between China and Taiwan over the incident, Fiji remained silent. According to ABC News, Gao and the other Chinese diplomat involved in the incident claimed diplomatic immunity to avoid facing any action.

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