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Chinese ambassador’s tirade against West

Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo has come out in defence of China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi after media were banned from asking questions and filming meetings held in Fiji and other countries.

Mr Bo told journalists in Fiji that they should be happy with the length of the minister’s address.

Mr Wang did not take questions from any of the media except for the Chinese government media travelling with him in any of the press conferences that were arranged.

Graduates from a Chinese language learning class at a primary school in Suva. Pic – Chinese Embassy in Fiji Twitter

Unlike the transparent nature in which the Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong had behaved, Mr Wang was not as media friendly as his counterpart from the land down under.

Ms Wong allowed for questions after her keynote address and even allowed for a door-stop opportunity after meeting government officials at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

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The Chinese Ambassador to Fiji still insisted that Mr Wang was very open.

“The state councilor is a very open and pragmatic person. First of all you should be happy because the state councilor foreign minister has spoken in length about the relationship with the Pacific islands and specifically our relationship with Fiji,” said Mr Bo at a press conference on Tuesday.

Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo (R) has come out in defence of China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi after media were banned from asking questions and filming meetings held in Fiji and other countries. Picture: Chinese Embassy in Fiji Twitter

He also said there was no hidden agenda from the Chinese side. He said it was obvious that nations who had speculated about China’s involvement were critical of things they wanted to highlight.

He said there was a feeling that some nations still had the cold war mentality.

“If they continue to have the mentality of Western dominance (and) continue to not to believe in a win-win solution or a zero-some game, this will be problematic. The real reason is that because of some countries, because of some politicians, they stick to the cold-war mentality.”

Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo (pictured) has come out in defence of China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi after media were banned from asking questions & filming meetings in Fiji. Picture: Chinese Embassy in Fiji Twitter

While the spotlight has fallen on China, the United States is guilty of the same thing. None of their high level delegates on their Pacific tour allowed any media the opportunity to ask questions.

The Fijian Media Association general secretary Stanley Simpson said these engagements were important because there was huge public and
strategic interest in these visits.

He said time should be allocated for visiting leaders and local leaders to take questions and discuss issues related to partnerships.
Simpson was critical of the US visits as well which had used similar techniques.

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