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China Envoy in UK Says ‘It’s My Duty’ After Pulling Protester’s Hair Outside Consulate

  • Consul-general in Manchester says man ‘abused my country’
  • Chinese envoys have gotten into other scuffles recently
The Chinese Consulate General in Manchester.

The Chinese Consulate General in Manchester.

Photographer: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images  

A senior Chinese diplomat in the UK defended his actions during a protest, saying he pulled a man’s hair because he offended the Asian nation and its leader Xi Jinping.

Zheng Xiyuan, the consul-general of at the consulate in Manchester, said in an interview Thursday with Sky News that he acted because a demonstrator “abused my country, my leader.”