Two uninvited diplomats from the Chinese embassy in Fiji were asked to leave an event celebrating Taiwan's national day in Suva on October 8 after they were seen photographing other guests, Taiwan's Deputy Foreign Minister Harry Tseng told lawmakers in Taipei on Monday.
Taipei accused two Chinese officials of gatecrashing an event at the luxurious Grand Pacific Hotel in the Fijian capital Suva on October 8 and assaulting an employee. He told the event to the Guardian.
The Deputy Minister said one Taiwanese diplomat received a head injury during the altercation and was later diagnosed with concussion at a hospital.
'A false national flag was openly displayed at the scene, the cake was also marked with a false national flag, ' spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.
Taiwan said its trade office - its de facto embassy - was hosting a party for 100 distinguished guests to celebrate Taiwan's National Day. Those actions "severely violate the one-China principle". " ChinaTaiwan is "one" internationally".
"We have expressed our grave concern to the Fijian side ..." She said Taiwan had made a formal protest to the Fiji government.
A Chinese diplomat in Fiji was injured earlier this month after a Taipei Trade Office employee provoked embassy staff at a local hotel, the Chinese Embassy in Fiji said on Monday.
Taiwan's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zeng Hu Jin confirmed the accident on Monday.
Foreign Ministry personnel intervened and a physical confrontation occurred. The matter has been instructed to the Fijian authorities and Taiwanese officials are assisting, Taiwanese media reported.
Chinese diplomats are increasingly assertive overseas.
Wang Ting-yu, a lawmaker from Taiwan's ruling party who sits on the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, said he was "appalled and outraged" by the assault.
Wang is now co-chair of Taiwan's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.
Tseng reportedly added that Fiji itself was "under a lot of political pressure" not to investigate the incident and punish those responsible, as Fiji enjoys diplomatic relations with Beijing and not Taipei.
Larry Tsing, head of the ministry's Department of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, said he believed the Chinese were trying to find out if any Fiji politicians were present at the event.
The alleged altercation is a microcosm of the tensions between Beijing and Taipei that are swirling around the region and the world.
"There are no so-called "diplomats" from Taiwan in Fiji", claimed Mr Zhao.
China's Communist Party regularly threatens violence against Taiwan.
Deep tensions between Taipei and Beijing began earlier in the Pacific. Chinese government agents allegedly appeared at the event uninvited and demanded to photograph and document the gathering.
Sino-Taiwanese relations have been the most tense in decades.
This number dwarfs Taiwan's contribution, although Taipei is largely an informal partner working with grassroots communities and private sector organizations in the country.