‘Disgusting’ and ‘extraordinary’ scenes Chinese delegation shouts down welcome ceremony

Participants at an intergovernmental meeting hosted by Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop in Perth have described “disgusting” and “extraordinary” scenes as the Chinese government delegation shouted over the welcome to country ceremony and forced the suspension of proceedings. 
A Taiwanese delegation was later ejected from the Kimberley Process meeting at the behest of the Chinese delegates who objected to their attendance. 
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it had raised concerns over the incident with the Chinese ambassador. 
Participants at the Kimberley Process intersessional meeting have described extraordinary scenes as the Chinese delegation noisily disrupted the official Indigenous welcome ceremony and forced the suspension of at least one other session on Monday.
Members from the delegation used the microphone at their table to speak over the chairman of the meeting, senior Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official Robert Owen-Jones, as he tried to introduce the foreign minister Julie Bishop and the Indigenous welcome ceremony, attendees said.
The Chinese delegation said they had a point of order and demanded to know if everyone in the room had been “formally invited”. 
The interruptions continued until the agenda was changed to address the so-called “point of order” as the first item. Only then was the welcome to country permitted to go ahead, followed by Ms Bishop’s speech. 
“It was disgusting,” said one high-level Australian attendee who asked that their name not be used. “It was extraordinary, so uncalled for and so inappropriate, and so disrespectful.”
Fairfax Media understands that another session later in the morning involving a panel discussion with executives from mining companies was abandoned altogether because of continual interruptions by various African delegations in support of the Chinese position.
Backroom negotiations between the Chinese and the Australian parties ensued, then the Taiwanese delegation was asked to leave. The conference program resumed.
The Kimberley Process is an international meeting first convened in 2000 aimed at stopping the trade in conflict diamonds and to prevent the diamond trade from funding violence by insurgent movements. 
Taiwan was granted observer status in 2007.
This is the first time Australia has chaired the four-day intersessional meeting.
A spokeswoman for DFAT said Australia had invited the Rough Diamond Trading Entity of Chinese Taipei to attend the Kimberley Process in Perth as a guest of the Chair, “in line with earlier precedent”. She said the invitation was consistent with Australia’s One China policy. 
“The chair had to withdraw the invitation to the Taiwanese following objections from China and several other delegations to the former’s presence during the opening session, in order to enable the meeting to continue. 
“Continual disruption to the proceedings in the opening session was regrettable and the Australian government’s concerns with respect to the behaviour of Chinese delegates have been raised with the Chinese ambassador.”
Because China regards Taiwan as a renegade province that will eventually return to the motherland, Taiwanese attendance at international forums has become a proxy battleground over Taiwan’s nation status.
Official Taiwanese presence at international forums is usually restricted to observer status as “Chinese Taipei” or, as the 18th largest economy in the world by GDP, Taiwan is sometimes invited as an “economy” rather than a nation. 
The Chinese embassy in Canberra and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney did not respond to requests for comment.
Source: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/disgusting-and-extraordinary-scenes-as-chinese-delegation-shouts-down-welcome-ceremony-20170502-gvxbou.html

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Leanne says:

    It would appear china is already treating Oz as it’s puppet Wake up Australia.

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  2. Diane Wilson says:

    What else can you expect when this ‘government’ has virtually handed over the country to the chinese. They own it so they can do and say whatever they want.

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  3. Cliff Taylor says:

    Won,t be long before we own nothing of our country evrything is being sold off. Pluis we also have the Muslim population wanting their laws and customs to overide our way of life. Politicians this country is called AUSTRALIA and must stay that way.

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  4. Lyn says:

    Bullies do not change their spots!!! DERIDE their own people deride ours!!!

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  5. Lyn says:

    Bullies do not change their spots!!! DERIDE their own people deride ours!!!

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