Queensland Police investigating Xu Jie, Consul-General of China in Brisbane

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Queensland Police investigating Xu Jie, Consul-General of China in Brisbane
Queensland Police investigating Xu Jie, Consul-General of China in Brisbane

 

Queensland Police have launched an investigation right into a prime Chinese diplomat for allegedly inciting violent threats in opposition to an Australian college scholar.

A spokesperson confirmed to information.com.au that inquiries centring on Dr Xu Jie, the Consul-General for the People’s Republic of China in Brisbane, had commenced following a proper grievance lodged by Drew Pavlou.

Mr Pavlou, an undergraduate scholar at The University of Queensland, alleges {that a} public assertion issued by Dr Xu on July 25 final 12 months described him as a “separatist” and opened him as much as graphic loss of life threats and vile abuse.

The remarks by the Consul-General have been in response to a protest held the day earlier than at UQ’s St Lucia campus, organised by the 20-year-old.

He and a gaggle of between 15 and 20 different college students gathered to talk out in opposition to Beijing’s anti-democracy efforts in Hong Kong, the remedy of the Uighur minority, and the college’s shut ties with China.

An estimated 200 Communist Party supporters gatecrashed the small, peaceable sit-in and violence broke out, forcing police to ship a big presence to the campus.

Mr Pavlou was assaulted by males who didn’t seem like college students and who he alleges have been despatched by the Consulate.

That evening, Global Times – the English language mouthpiece of the Communist Party – printed a scathing article concerning the fracas, naming Mr Pavlou, operating {a photograph} of him and declaring him a separatist.

In mainland China, being seen as a separatist is against the law on par with homicide and punishable with the loss of life penalty.

When Dr Xu repeated the outline, describing “anti-China separatist activities” in his assertion, Mr Pavlou alleges he acquired an avalanche of threats.

“There were threats against me and my family, someone said they’d rape my mother in front of me and then kill us … it was vile stuff,” he mentioned.

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As nicely as a Chinese diplomat, Dr Xu is an adjunct professor at UQ after being awarded an honorary place by the college.

“A small number of people with ulterior motives carried out anti-China activists at the University of Queensland in Australia, causing indignation and protests from overseas Chinese students of the mainland and Hong Kong,” his assertion learn.

“The consulate general regards highly the importance of the safety of the overseas Chinese students and affirms the self-motivated patriotic behaviour of the overseas Chinese students.

“The consulate general resolutely opposes to (sic) any conduct by words or behaviour to split the country … and to incite anti-China behaviour.”

He went on to explain Mr Pavlou’s protest as “anti-China separatist activities”.

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Mr Pavlou is engaged in a brawl along with his college, which levelled disciplinary prices shortly after the protest and has since moved to expel him.

The college denies that matter is linked to the protest or his criticism of UQ’s hyperlinks with China.

Mr Pavlou is interesting the ruling and an final result is anticipated subsequent week.

With the assistance of his barrister, the distinguished Tony Morris QC, he has filed a lawsuit within the Supreme Court in opposition to UQ, Vice-Chancellor Peter Hoj and Chancellor Peter Varghese, searching for damages of $3.5 million.

Queensland Police wouldn’t remark additional within the investigation into Mr Pavlou’s grievance.

The Chinese Consulate was contacted for remark for this story.