tirsdag 1. september 2020

Taiwan: angry China vows 'corresponding measures' over Czech visit

China has pledged to take “corresponding measures” over a visit by the Czech parliamentary speaker to Taiwan, where he channelled John F Kennedy to declare to the island’s parliament: “I am Taiwanese.” The comments by the foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, were reported in state media without details of what such measures would be. They follow other threats from Beijing over countries fostering relationships with Taiwan, and came shortly after the US announced “significant adjustments” to its One China policy in favour of Taiwan.

As China’s relations with numerous countries worsen – in particular the US and Australia – over issues including trade, the pandemic, the South ChinaSea and the detention of nationals, Taiwan has welcomed international visitors and lobbied for a larger place on the world stage.