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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:59 PM
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New Zealand lawmaker blasts Chinese complaint
Wednesday, May 26, 2004,Page 4

A New Zealand lawmaker yesterday alleged that he was scolded by a Chinese diplomat for attending President Chen Shui-bian's (???) inauguration, a response he described as "bizarre" and "offensive."

United Future Party leader Peter Dunne -- a key supporter of Prime Minister Helen Clark's government -- told parliament that a Chinese Embassy official had told him it was a "matter of disappointment and dissatisfaction" that he went to the May 20 event.

"I just find it bizarre that we continue to tolerate this behavior by the Chinese," Dunne said, adding that the New Zealand government already maintains a "one China" policy.

"To me it was very offensive," he said. "I went there to take part in what I thought was a celebration of democracy -- which it certainly was -- and I didn't expect to get this sort of abuse from the Chinese Embassy for exercising my democratic rights."

Dirty Communist Chinese Bastards!
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