søndag 21. juli 2019

Prague mayor’s feud with China risks boiling over

A simmering feud between the Czech Republic's capital city and China risks boiling over, with Beijing warning Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib to stop undermining relations between the two countries — or else. On Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a news conference in Beijing that Hřib and his city administration had taken measures that affected China’s sovereignty and interests, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Hřib, a Czech Pirate Party politician, has flown the Tibetan flag at the capital's city hall, met with the Taiwanese representative to the Czech Republic and said he would end the 'sister city' accord agreed by the previous Prague administration and Beijing. He also rejected the so-called One China policy, an approach under which many countries, including the Czech Republic as well as the EU, do not recognize Taiwan and do not maintain formal diplomatic relations with its government.