Czechia-Taiwan delegation sparks China tensions

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Prague Day by day Monitor |

1 September 2020

The Czech delegation to Taiwan, headed by Senate chief Miloš Vystrčil, has sparked diplomatic tensions with China and criticism from each Chinese and Czech government officials.

“We'll make him pay a heavy worth for his short-sighted conduct and political opportunism,” said China’s Overseas Minister, Wang Yi, on Monday. The assertion further provoked counter-criticism from numerous Czech politicians.

“The comment is out of place and inappropriate, and the minister has promised to cope with it on the official line,” stated Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who, together with President Miloš Zeman, notably opposed the choice to go to Taiwan amid attainable tensions with China. As reported in Seznam Zprávy, the Czech Overseas Minister, Tomáš Petříček, each emphasized dedication to the one-China policy and harassed “elementary disagreement” with how China was conducting diplomatic relations with Czechia.

The said objective of the delegation’s journey is to enhance the Czech-Taiwan business relationship, and set up a deeper cultural relationship. The delegation includes Prague’s Mayor, Zdeněk Hřib, the first deputy chairman of the higher house of Parliament, Jiří Růžička, in addition to representatives of 36 Czech corporations. The five-day journey will embrace Vystrčil’s tackle to Taiwan’s parliamentary physique and a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen, according to DW.

Vystrčil first arrived in Taiwan on Sunday and was met by Taiwan’s Minister of Overseas Affairs. “There are three purposes for this trip. We'll attempt to help our entrepreneurs in establishing good enterprise contacts, concluding fascinating contracts and thus enhancing the competitiveness of our financial system, each when it comes to exports to Taiwan and when it comes to growing Taiwanese investment within the Czech Republic,” stated Vystrčil, according to iDnes. Seznam Zprávy noted that Czechia is Taiwan’s fourth largest business companion in Europe, and that engineering and IT are probably the most outstanding areas of cooperation.

Just previous to the delegation’s arrival, Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Zhao Lijian stressed that “China condemns this despicable act and urges the Czech aspect to abide by the one-China precept and handle Taiwan-related points in a prudent and applicable method,” in reference to the “one-China precept,” which all EU nations, including Czechia, continue to uphold. The principle states that the Individuals’s Republic of China has the only professional declare to the sovereignty of the Chinese state, which was established after Mao Zedong’s communists defeated the Chinese Nationalist Social gathering forces in a civil conflict.

Based on Chinese language state media, Wang added on Monday that “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory...the Chinese government and its individuals won't sit idle, and must let the anti-Chinese forces pay a heavy worth for his or her short-sightedness and political hypothesis.”

The Czech-China relationship has deteriorated since December 2019, when Prague decided to cut ties with Beijing and establish sister-city ties with Taipei, Taiwan’s capital.

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