Czech Senate president meets Taiwan chief; China protests

Taipei, September 3

The Czech Senate president met with Taiwanese chief Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday morning throughout a uncommon journey by a international dignitary to the self-ruled democratic island that rival China referred to as an “open provocation”.

Tsai offered a medal for Jaroslav Kubera, the lately deceased predecessor of Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil.

Kubera died in January earlier than making the journey and Vystrcil stated China’s stress, together with a warning from the Chinese Embassy towards congratulating Tsai on her reelection, contributed to his determination to journey to the island.

Tsai referred to as Kubera a “great friend” and gave a nod to Vystrcil’s speech on Tuesday, saying his phrases “I’m a Taiwanese” had touched many hearts.

“Our actions are telling friends in Europe and all over the world, whether Taiwanese or Czechs, we will not succumb to oppression, will bravely speak up, actively participate in international affairs, and contribute our capabilities,” she stated.

Beijing is livid in regards to the Czech delegation’s go to, with the international ministry summoning the Czech Republic’s ambassador to lodge stern representations and saying the journey amounted to “flagrant support of Taiwan independence.”     

China claims Taiwan as its personal territory and strongly objects to any official contact between different nations and the self-governing island.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated on Tuesday that Vystrcil’s go to is an “open provocation.” “China must tell the Czech Senate leader: You’ve crossed the line!” Wang stated.

Tensions between the Czech Republic and China have simmered since final yr, tracing again to a dispute between Beijing and Prague. The two capitals ended a sister-cities settlement as a result of Beijing had wished Prague to conform to the “One China” precept, which says Taiwan is a part of China.

In his deal with Tuesday, Vystrcil immediately referenced former President John F Kennedy’s famed 1963 anti-communist speech in then-divided Berlin, and emphasised democratic freedoms embraced for the reason that Czech Republic threw off communist rule on the finish of the Cold War and Taiwan emerged from martial legislation on the finish of the 1980s.

“In 1963, the American president JFK, in his famous speech ‘I’m a Berliner,’ clearly opposed communism and political oppression and supported the people of West Berlin,” Vystrcil stated. “He said ‘Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.’”          

“Please let me use the same manner to express my support to the people of Taiwan: I’m a Taiwanese,” he stated, talking the final phrase in Mandarin Chinese. — AP

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