On October 20, 2022, Zhen Xiyuan, China’s consul general in Manchester, told British police that Hong Kong terrorists “had penetrated the grounds of the headquarters and the consular staff physically defended themselves.”

However, the peaceful demonstrators were only protesting in front of the consulate during the opening of the 20th National Congress.

The diplomatic note pointed to the growing tension between the United Kingdom and the CCP over the situation of freedoms the enforcement of the national security law, which has de facto abrogated the principle of “one country two systems.”

According to local police in Greater Manchester, “At about 4 p.m., a group of men came out of the [consular] building and a man was dragged into the consulate grounds and assaulted.”

A statement read, “Due to our fears for the safety of the man, officers intervened and removed the victim from the consulate grounds,” the police source said.

The man in question was Bob Chan, a Hong Kong citizen who told local media, “I then found myself being dragged into the grounds of the consulate. I held on to the gates where I was kicked and punched, I could not hold on for long.”

He added, “I am shocked because I never thought something like this could happen in the UK. … No amount of violence or diplomatic pressure will change that. I am hurt physically and mentally.”

A repressive Chinese diplomat is recognized guilty of two acts of violence

Gao Lianjia, a diplomat in Manchester, who was seen beating Hong Kong demonstrators at the consulate, was also accused of allegedly assaulting a Taiwanese representative in Fiji, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) learned.

Gao and another Chinese official were accused of beating Taiwanese diplomats in front of the Grand Pacific Hotel in 2020.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that two Chinese officials showed up uninvited to the hotel’s reception during Taiwan’s independence jubilee and provoked extreme and life-threatening violence.

Graeme Smith, a Pacific affairs researcher at the Australian National University, said, “These two episodes tell us that China’s representatives abroad have a license to use violence to defend China’s territorial integrity, even when threatened by protesters’ placards and a cake decorated with a Taiwanese flag.”

Smith added, “It is shocking that same consul has had a hand in violent diplomatic incidents two years apart.”

Britain declares China an official threat

On October 20, Bloomberg commented that the United Kingdom would declare China an official threat, according to an investigation by Sir Jeremy Fleming director of the Uk’s cyber, intelligence and security agency, who argued that the Chinese regime’s use of technology was for political purposes.

Immediately, Mao Ning, a spokeswoman for the Communist Foreign Ministry, said, “China follows a foreign policy of peace, we hope that the new UK government can look at relations objectively, because the ‘red threat’ mentality will backfire.”

The Chinese Communist Party has defended itself against Western accusations of the use of technology and its embassies for subversive purposes as “ideological bias” by the free world and a “cold war mentality,” but events in Fiji and Manchester prove otherwise.

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