Chinese delegation disrupts international meeting, humiliates Australia’s foreign minister

A cascading tirade of abuse, privately labeled by Australian participants as "disgusting" and "extraordinary," disrupted an international meeting of governments in Perth, Australia.  The specific issue at hand was the detailed language regarding the participation of a delegation from Taiwan, an issue with a long history of both contention and compromise.  What is interesting is the degree of actual rudeness, particularly since the issues had been raised privately beforehand, according to the account that follows. Kelsey Munro of the Sydney Morning Herald reports: 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. ... Participants at the Kimberley Process intersessional meeting have...(Read Full Post)