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This was the first time that Austrian journalists saw the woman in the Chinese diplomatic delegation, who can be described as a trouble maker. The woman did not only try to confuse the diplomatic staff working with the Austrian Foreign Ministry, but she wanted to change the protocol of the Austrian Foreign Ministry altogether, to change the arrangement of documents, flags and seats in the press conference room. The scene which this provocative Chinese woman played, happened before the reporters from the media who were waiting for the ministers, and it took time to find a solution to the problems which this lady conjured. None of the Austrian media reported about the silly scene.
The media staff of the Austrian foreign Ministry which deals with journalists and diplomatic visitors is an experienced team, they are quite and work professionally, and they respect all guests and journalists alike. This team was confronted with something completely new on the evening of last Sunday July 25 2010, when a woman who can only be described as severely nervous and aggressive who came in the team of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Yang Jiechi, used cruel and impolite gestures and hand movements while directing criticism imparting orders to her counterparts in the diplomatic team of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.
At the beginning of the shouting party, the Chinese women entered the conference room and started yelling in Chinese at the members of her team. It was clear from her gestures that the woman wanted to change the arrangement of the Chinese, Austrian and European flags. She exited the room angrily, looking for her Austrian counterparts. She returned and proceeded to explain her views to the Austrians.
The Austrian crew remained calm and diplomatic, trying to avert the anger of the Chinese woman. Both sides left the room in order to avoid further scandal in front of the cameras of the journalists, who start photographing the scene.
Minutes later, the parties returned to the hall. It was clear that the Austrian diplomatic crew had persuaded the Chinese team to keep the flags in their place without change. However, the Chinese woman started a new round of shouting orders and instructions at people around her. She had found further issues in the room which were not of her liking, what caused her to dictate new orders to the Austrian team.
Thus, the Chinese woman went to the platform of conferences where the ministers sit during the press conference. She sat in the place designated for the Chinese Foreign Minister and demanded that the chairs and microphones should be arranged in another way. She forced the removal of items (notice block, pencils, …) placed on the table as courtesy. She pointed around and gesticulated like the actors in Chinese karate movies.
This scene, which can only be described as unusual and unacceptable, happened before the many journalists who were waiting in the press conference room, colleagues who are habitual attendants to the events of the government. The scene offered us by this woman overshadowed the appearance of the ministers. I am sure that this lady will remain in the memories of those present much longer than the statements of the ministers.
Iranian Nuclear Weapons Addressed By Chinese Foreign Minister
The bizarre scene was ended by the entry of the foreign ministers, for Austria, Michael Spindelegger, and his counterpart Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Foreign Minister. Big smiles were displayed on their faces. The press conference began with the speech of the Austrian Minister, in which he welcomed his Chinese counterpart and the attendants. A second round of political talk started.
According to what both ministers stated during a press conference, the ministers addressed the issue of the Iranian nuclear weapons; the recent Korean events and the strengthening and expansion of the development of bilateral relations and cooperation between Austria as a member of the UN Security Council and China, and between China and the EU. The ministers also discussed the official preparations for the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both states. Click once on the picture to make it bigger.
At the joint press conference held at the Austrian Foreign Ministry, minister Yang Jiechi called on all parties to exercise restraint. He also called with regard to a declaration by the chairman of the UN Security Council, to preserve peace and stability in the region and to return to the six-party talks. Austrian minister Spindelegger said that the North Korean rhetoric causes him great concern, and that the involvement of China is important for the stability in the region.
According to minister Spindelegger, Pyongyang had threatened to use nuclear weapons on the occasion of the ongoing South Korean-American maneuvers.
About the subject of the Iranian nuclear weapon and the Security Council resolution which was adopted earlier in June 2010 about new and stricter sanctions against Iran, the Chinese Foreign Minister confirmed the position of his country, which supports diplomatic negotiations to resolve the issue of the nuclear weapon. He said: “China firmly believes that it is necessary to prevent that more countries came into the possession of nuclear weapons”.
The Chinese foreign minister also stated that he had been invited by President Fischer to Salzburg to the opening ceremony of the festival (“Salzburger Festspiele”) at the Hotel “Goldener Hirsch”, on Monday July 26 2010.