Beijing/Taipei, August 31
Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil will “pay a heavy price” for making an official journey to Taiwan, the Chinese authorities’s high diplomat mentioned on Monday, in a warning dismissed by Vystrcil who mentioned he was not looking for political confrontation.
Vystrcil arrived in Taipei on Sunday on a go to to advertise enterprise hyperlinks with Taiwan, saying the Czech Republic wouldn’t bow to Beijing’s objections. China considers Taiwan a breakaway province ineligible for state-to-state relations.
Speaking whereas in Germany, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi mentioned there can be retribution.
“The Chinese government and Chinese people won’t take a laissez-faire attitude or sit idly by, and will make him pay a heavy price for his short-sighted behaviour and political opportunism,” China’s Foreign Ministry cited Wang as saying.
Wang mentioned the Chinese authorities and folks won’t tolerate such “open provocation” by Vystrcil and the anti-China forces behind him, although gave no particulars of how precisely Beijing would react.
Vystrcil mentioned in a press release that Wang’s feedback have been an interference within the Czech Republic’s inner affairs.
“We are a free country seeking to have good relationships with all countries and I believe this will be the case in the future irrespective of the statement of the Minister. And let me repeat again – this visit is by no means meant to politically confront anyone,” he mentioned.
Taiwan Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua declined direct touch upon China’s assault on Vystrcil, however mentioned the 2 had a lot in widespread.
“The Czech Republic and Taiwan are free and democratic countries which put great store on human rights. We have the same values as the Czechs,” she instructed reporters, talking earlier than a joint enterprise discussion board with Vystrcil.
He is because of meet Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen later and can tackle Taiwan’s parliament earlier than leaving on Friday.
Czech President Milos Zeman has sought nearer enterprise and political ties with China since taking workplace in 2013, however his efforts have been hit by failed funding plans and Czech wavering about permitting China’s Huawei Technologies to play a job in creating next-generation telecoms networks. Reuters