China threatens Czech Senate Speaker Vystrcil over Taiwan visit

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Milos Vystrcil of the Czech Senate and his wife greet the press in Taipei, Taiwan, August 30, 2020.Jose Lopes Amaral | NurPhoto | Getty Images

Czech Senate Speaker Milos Vystrcil “will pay a heavy price” for making an official trip to Taiwan and China will not stand idly by, the top Chinese government diplomat said on Monday in a warning that the government swept aside. Taiwanese.Vystrcil arrived in Taipei on Sunday for a visit to promote trade ties with Taiwan, saying the Czech Republic would not bow to Beijing’s objections.

Speaking in Germany, Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi said there would be retaliation.

“The Chinese government and the Chinese people will not adopt a laissez-faire attitude or stand idly by, and will pay a heavy price for its shortsighted behavior and political opportunism,” Wang said.

We have the same values ​​as the Czechs.

Wang Mei-hua

Minister of Economy of Taiwan

Wang said the Chinese government and people would not tolerate such “overt provocation” from Vystrcil and the anti-Chinese forces behind him, without however giving details of Beijing’s exact reaction.

Speaking in Taipei, Taiwanese Minister of Economy Wang Mei-hua dismissed the criticism but declined to comment directly on China’s attack on Vystrcil.

“The Czech Republic and Taiwan are free and democratic countries which attach great importance to human rights. We have the same values ​​as the Czechs, ”she told reporters, speaking at a joint business forum.

Meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen

Vystrcil did not directly address China’s criticism of his visit in a brief speech at the same event, instead explaining how he seeks to strengthen trade ties.

“Freedom and democracy are the main basis of prosperity,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.

Vystrcil is due to meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen later in his trip and will address the Taiwanese parliament before leaving on Friday.

China regards Taiwan as a separatist province ineligible for state-to-state relations.

Czech President Milos Zeman has sought a closer trade and political relationship with China since coming to power in 2013, but his efforts have been hampered by failed investment plans and the Czech Republic’s reluctance to allow the Chinese company Huawei Technologies to play a role in the development of next-generation telecommunications networks.

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