On the 18th, a picture of “Chinese Ambassador walking over people’s backs at the welcome ceremony” became the latest material for us and Australian politicians to criticize China. The photo was taken in Kiribati when Chinese ambassador to Kiribati, Tang Songgen, visited the country’s Malakai Island, the Guardian reported. Some US and Australian officials have accused China of calling it “imperialist”. In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on the 20th that the scene shown in the photo was that the Chinese Ambassador finally agreed to attend the welcome ceremony with national characteristics at the request of the local government and the people, out of respect for local culture and customs. < / P > < p > according to photos circulated on social networks, Ambassador Tang Songgen walked on the back of a young man lying on the ground, holding the hands of two women in traditional clothes. At a regular press conference held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the same day, Zhao Lijian said that at the invitation of the municipal government and members of Malakai island in Kiribati, Chinese ambassador to Kiribati Tang Songgen visited the island a few days ago. This is the first time that the Chinese ambassador has visited the island since the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Kirgiz in September 2019, and was sincerely welcomed by the local government and people. At the request of the local government and the people, and out of respect for the local culture and customs, Ambassador Tang finally agreed to accept and attend a welcome ceremony with local folk characteristics when he arrived. Many people in Malakai expressed their firm support for the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and Kyrgyzstan in their exchanges and interactions with Ambassador Tang. Zhao Lijian quoted some political figures, such as Malakai Councilor and Kiribati’s minister of agriculture, as saying that the welcome scene in the photo circulated on the social network is the most solemn traditional welcome ceremony on the island, and welcoming distinguished guests with the most humble attitude is the way of hospitality left by the ancestors of Malakai Island. The adoption of this ceremony to welcome Ambassador Tang was a joint decision of the island’s elderly association, the city hall and the church. When the then Australian High Commissioner in Kiribati arrived in Malakai island in 1998, the local people also welcomed him with the same ceremony. Some Australians, knowing that Kiribati islands have unique customs, deliberately discredit China. The Kyrgyz side is angry. Zhao Lijian also mentioned that Bai Lezhi, a Chinese man who initially spread the photo on social media, was “always for political purposes.”. He said that China has always insisted on equality between large and small countries, fully respected local culture and customs in its exchanges with Pacific island countries, and stressed that “guests are at their disposal.”. “Some netizens commented that individual posting people like Bai Lezhi deliberately instigated Sino Kyrgyz relations by taking money from Taiwan with ulterior motives. In the face of the facts, any attempt to maliciously discredit China’s policy towards the island countries and attempt to alienate and undermine the relations between China and the island countries will never succeed. “.