onsdag 15. januar 2020

Prague, Taipei Sign Sister-City Deal as Shanghai Cuts Ties in Response

The mayor of the Czech capital has signed a sister-city agreement withTaiwan's capital Taipei, rejecting China as "an unreliable partner" in the wake of President Tsai Ing-wen's election victory at the weekend. Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib, of the anti-establishment Pirate Party,announced the move after Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen won a secondterm in office on a platform of standing up to pressure from China, which has included the threat of annexing the democratic island by force to achieve "unification."

Hřib signed the sister-city arrangement with his Taipei counterpart inPrague's Old Town Hall on Monday. The cities have pledged cooperation in business and economic development, science and technology, tourism, education, healthcare, and culture. Prague Zoo will receive pangolins from Taipei Zoo, while Prague will send students to Taipei to study Chinese and also learn from Taiwan'sexperience of digitizing healthcare and operating its Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system.