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Chinese ambassador to Australia speech disrupted by ‘Free Tibet’ protesters

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Chinese ambassador to Australia in speech about train wreck as protesters interrupt him FOUR times, leaving him visibly shocked

  • Speech by Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian in Sydney disrupted by protesters
  • Protesters with ‘Free Tibet’ signs stood up, two of them shouted
  • The demonstrators were quickly escorted from the hall by security
  • China has occupied Tibet since 1951 and is accused of ‘cultural genocide’

A speech by the Chinese ambassador to Australia has been spectacularly disrupted by protesters who objected to his country’s occupation of Tibet.

Speaking about a train accident to the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology in Sydney, Xiao Qian noted that his opening words derailed four times after protesters stood up with scraps of paper protesting China’s role in Tibet.

The first protester, a well-dressed middle-aged man, fell silent and bowed to the crowd as he was shoved through security towards the exit.

But two more female protesters shouted loudly as they drew attention to China’s “oppression” of Tibetans, as many in attendance approached them to take pictures and videos on their phones.

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian appeared shocked after protesters disrupted his speech to the Australia-China Relations Institute in Sydney at least four times

In all, five or six protesters were removed from the hall, objecting to issues from the Chinese occupation of Tibet to the crackdown on Hong Kong's autonomy.

In all, five or six protesters were removed from the hall, objecting to issues from the Chinese occupation of Tibet to the crackdown on Hong Kong’s autonomy.

In total, about five or six protesters are believed to have been removed from the room. Some are also said to have protested China’s crackdown on Hong Kong’s autonomy, while others accused the superpower of committing genocide against the Uyghurs minority.

Mr Xiao appeared shocked by the protests and stopped speaking when the protesters were removed from the venue.

“Well… I think I should go on. I think I have to keep going,” he finally said.

In a question-and-answer session after the ambassador’s brief speech, moderator James Laurenceson briefly addressed the uproar.

“It’s a shame our friends aren’t still with us because if they were hanging out I’m confident that after this question-and-answer session they would also have agreed that this discussion we’re going to have isn’t just a series of Dorothy dix is. questions,” said Mr. Laurenceson.

The ambassador’s speech continued the thawing of relations between China and Australia, which deteriorated significantly after the Morrison government called for an investigation into the Wuhan origins of the Covid-19 virus.

Mr Xiao said China is seeking “friendship” with Australia and sees the relationship as “back on track at an early stage”.

China has occupied Tibet since 1951, where opponents accused it of committing ‘cultural genocide’.

Ambassador Xiao is China’s 15th Ambassador to Australia and took up his role in Canberra only in January this year.

Ambassador Xiao Qian is the 15th Chinese Ambassador to Australia and took up his role in Canberra only in January this year

Ambassador Xiao Qian is the 15th Chinese Ambassador to Australia and took up his role in Canberra only in January this year

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