China Says Czech Senate Speaker's Trip to Taiwan Breaches Sovereignty


The president of the Czech Senate Milos Vystrcil led a 90-member delegation trip to Taiwan on Sunday, despite strong opposition from China.

Taiwanese parliamentary leader Yu Shyi-kun called Vystrcil's visit a diplomatic breakthrough for Taipei that helps prove its existence to the global community.

"Please let me also express in person my support to Taiwan and the ultimate value of freedom and conclude today's speech. with perhaps a more humble, but equally strong statement: "I am a Taiwanese", Vystrcil said, receiving a standing ovation. Vystrcil is to meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen later in the week.

In his address, Vystrcil directly referenced Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, and emphasized democratic freedoms embraced since the Czech Republic threw off communist rule at the end of the Cold War and Taiwan emerged from martial law at the end of the 1980s.

Azar's visit was regarded as the major diplomatic setback for Beijing which asserts that the "one-China" policy constitutes the core of its foreign policy recognised by all the countries which have established diplomatic relations with it.

Ties between Prague and China suffered a blow last October when Prague city hall, run by a mayor from the anti-establishment Pirate Party, pulled out of a twinning deal with Beijing over its insistence on the One-China policy.

Beijing regularly reacts with hostility to any attempts by foreign governments to recognize or conduct official exchanges with Taipei and this occasion was no different.

"For his own political gains he insisted on a visit to Taiwan, in what is blatant interference in China's domestic affairs and a serious breach of its national sovereignty and territorial integrity", the embassy said.

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China said the delegation's participants were acting out of "their own interests".

He said his visit would promote business links with Taiwan, and that the Czech Republic would not bow to Beijing's objections.

31 that he would summon the country's Chinese envoy, after China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi made threats against a Czech official now visiting Taiwan.

"We will make him pay a heavy price for his short-sighted behaviour and political opportunism", said Wang, while on a visit in Germany.

Kubera died in January before making the trip and Vystrcil said China's pressure, including a warning from the Chinese Embassy against congratulating Tsai on her reelection, contributed to his decision to travel to the island.

Wang, speaking in Germany on August 31, said Vystrcil will "pay a heavy price" for his official trip to Taiwan, according to Chinese state-run media.

"I expect the Chinese side will explain them [Wang's comments] to us".

"Of course, the journey has an impact on our relationships with China, but I think this has gone too far", he added.