TAIPEI (REUTERS) – Taiwan will not be intimidated by China’s “hooligan” officials and will continue to celebrate its national day around the world, the government said on Tuesday (Oct 20), after Taiwan said Chinese diplomats had tried to charge into a diplomatic event in Fiji.
Taiwan’s charges, including that a Taiwanese diplomat ended up in hospital after the altercation, are hotly disputed by China, which views the democratically run island as its own territory with no right to formal state-to-state ties.
The Pacific is a major source of competition between the two, where Taiwan has official diplomatic relations with four countries, though not Fiji.
Taiwan says the Chinese diplomats were trying to take pictures of a Taiwan national day event at a hotel to see who was there, and that in the altercation that followed people from both sides were injured.
Speaking in Taipei, Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokesman Joanne Ou said 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, Taiwan’s official name.
“Going forward we will continue to hold national day receptions,” she said. “This will not change.”