On Sunday October 16, Chinese diplomats dragged a peaceful Hong Kong protester inside the Consulate and inflicted a brutal punishment beating on him.
By Iain Duncan Smith MP
October 29, 2022
Bob Chan was beaten up during a gathering in front of China's Consulate in Manchester (Image: GETTY)
The arrogant Chinese Consul General later stated he had taken part in the “punishment” beating and that it was his duty to do so.
Yet after the attacks, the Foreign Office’s response was appallingly weak. They claimed that they had to wait for the Police investigation before deciding what to do.
Despite the fact the UK government knows full well it can’t prosecute the diplomats unless the Chinese Government agrees to waive immunity and they will not. The British Government should dismiss those responsible from the UK forthwith.
It never does to look weak in the face of Communist China’s aggression. Yet this has, sadly been the pattern too often. Take the Confucius Institute - purporting to teach Chinese and paid for by China, it has been allowed to insinuate itself into our universities, all the while spying on Chinese students and reporting back to China. Why are they still here?
Then there are the sinister Chinese Police stations - three in the UK. Their sole purpose is to coerce Chinese Citizens, often who have fled from the persecution of dissidents by President XI Jinping. Other countries have banned them so why not the UK Government?
Worse, because of our perceived weakness, three days ago the Chinese Government issued a strong and sinister threat to the British government that the UK would face disaster if we continued to support those who have fled the crackdown in Hong Kong.
In thinly veiled language, they also made it clear China wouldn’t countenance any action taken against those responsible for the beatings in Manchester.
It is time we made it publicly clear that China poses a threat to us. After all, they support Putin’s War aims, commit genocide on the Uyghur, lock up peaceful democracy campaigners and journalists, take over and militarize the south China seas and threaten to invade Taiwan.
The UK, home of democracy and freedom of speech, should start now by sending those responsible for the Manchester attack straight back home.