A physical clash between the Chinese and Taiwanese diplomats broke out in Fiji
It occurred at a hotel reception celebrating Taiwan’s National Day on October 8
Taipei claimed one of its employees sustained a head injury after the altercation
Beijing said the Taiwanese were ‘acting provocatively’ and ‘injured its diplomat’
A Taiwanese official has allegedly sustained a head injury after a physical clash broke out between the diplomats of China and Taiwan during an event to celebrate Taiwan’s National Day in Fiji.
Taipei accused two Chinese officials of ‘gatecrashing’ the reception at the luxurious Grand Pacific Hotel in the Fijian capital Suva and beating up one of its employees on October 8.
But Beijing denied the allegation today, claiming that the Taiwanese officials were ‘acting provocatively’ and ‘injured a Chinese diplomat’.
The news comes as political tensions have reached a new high between China and Taiwan, a self-ruled island which Beijing considers as its own.
The physical altercation came to light after Taiwan and China traded accusations against each other on Monday.
Taiwan said its trade office – its de facto embassy – was hosting a party for 100 distinguished guests to celebrate Taiwan’s National Day.
Beijing’s embassy in Fiji confirmed its officials were in a ‘public area outside the function venue’ on unspecified ‘official duties’ on the day of the incident.