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Manchester Chinese consulate staff claims he lost consciousness after being attacked by protestor

CHINESE CONSULATE MANCHESTER
  • More than a week after the violent scuffle at the Chinese consulate in Manchester, United Kingdom, a staff member is claiming he was attacked by a protester.
  • Gao Lianjia said he was standing near the consulate’s gate on Oct. 16 when the protester knocked him down and attacked his face.
  • The diplomat described being choked as the protester “grabbed my collars tightly and knelt forcefully on my body with my back on the ground.”
  • Gao said he lost consciousness but eventually “came back to life” and saw the protester being taken out of the consulate by British police.
  • Gao’s statements are consistent with claims made by Consul-General Zheng Xiyuan, who blamed the protester for forcing their way into the consulate’s grounds and admitted to pulling protestor Bob Chan’s hair in the name of “duty.”
  • Chan, the Hong Kong national who was filmed being assaulted inside the consulate, has insisted that he was dragged into the compound.

More than a week after a violent scuffle erupted at his workplace, a staff member with the Chinese consulate in Manchester, United Kingdom, is claiming he was attacked by a protester.

Gao Lianjia said he was standing near the consulate’s gate on Oct. 16 when one of the pro-Hong Kong independence protesters “knocked me down by running against my belly.”

China will ‘definitely not hesitate to start a war’ over Taiwan split, Beijing warns US

CHINA TAIWAN WAR
  • In a meeting between China and the U.S. on Friday, Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe warned that the country would go to war with Taiwan if the island declared independence.
  • The two world superpowers met in Singapore for the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue defense summit alongside over 30 other defense ministers and officials from around the world.
  • In a separate face-to-face meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Wei made it clear that China remained firm in its stance against Taiwanese independence.
  • “If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will definitely not hesitate to start a war no matter the cost,” the general said.
  • The timing of the summit coincides with President Biden’s recent efforts to rally support in Asia and counteract China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

In a meeting between China and the U.S. on Friday, Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe warned that the country would go to war with Taiwan if the island declared independence. 

The two world superpowers met in Singapore for the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue defense summit alongside over 30 other defense ministers and officials from around the world. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gave the event’s keynote speech.

‘This physical pain does not compare to the pain of losing my nation’: How 2 schoolgirls helped fight for Korean independence

  • Two million Koreans took to the streets from March 1 to April in 1919 to protest Japanese colonial rule. By the end, over 7,500 people had died, 15,000 people had been injured and over 45,000 people had been arrested.
  • The protests were nonviolent and included participants as young as 12, many of them schoolchildren who handed out pamphlets to spread the news.
  • One of the most famous figures of the movement was 17-year-old schoolgirl Yu Gwan-sun; however, lesser known is her cousin, Yu Yeh Do, who smuggled a copy of Korea’s Declaration of Independence to their hometown alongside her cousin.
  • Yu Yeh Do escaped prison after being captured by the Japanese police, but she went into hiding for a decade until her marriage.
  • Yu Yeh Do did not speak publicly about her role in the independence movement until 1979 out of guilt over the deaths of her cousin, uncle and aunt.

March 1 marks the 103rd anniversary of the start of the Korean Independence Movement and commemorates the 2 million Koreans who took to the streets to protest the brutality of Japanese colonial rule. 

The Korean Independence Movement protests, also known as “Sam-il,” meaning three-one, began March 1 and lasted through April, with an estimated 2 million people participating – an impressive number considering the country had a total population of 20 million at the time. Due to rapid industrialization under Japanese colonial rule, Korea became heavily influenced by many Western ideals, and the call for independence was in part inspired by President Woodrow Wilson’s speech on a nation’s right to “self-determination.”

Taiwanese billionaire says he opposes island’s independence after China fines his company $74 million

Taiwanese billionaire opposes island’s independence after China fines his company $74 million

A Taiwanese business mogul has voiced opposition to Taiwan’s independence from China after Beijing fined his company as an alleged warning for firms to take its side on the issue of sovereignty.

What he said: In an opinion piece for the local United Daily News, Douglas Hsu, who chairs the Taipei-based Far Eastern Group, said he favors “maintaining the status quo,” like most Taiwanese. He expressed support for the “One-China” principle and opposed the idea of Taiwanese independence.