University of Queensland to ban foreign diplomats from gaining honorary positions

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Exclusive: Decision comes after controversial comments from China’s consul-general over violent clashes at university

The University of Queensland has banned foreign diplomats from being awarded honorary academic positions, after comments by a senior Chinese official who praised the “spontaneous patriotic behaviour” of pro-Beijing protesters involved in a campus brawl last year.

The university’s chancellor, Peter Varghese, told Guardian Australia the controversial statement released in June last year by China’s consul-general in Brisbane, Xu Jie, was “unacceptable” and would have breached its code of conduct.

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