China Angered as Czech Parliament Speaker to Visit Taiwan

PRAGUE (AP) – The speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies is set to visit Taiwan to boost mutual relations, a move that has angered China.

Marketa Pekarova Adamova said on Monday that she will lead a large delegation on the March 25-30 trip focusing on business, trade, research, education, culture and other relationships.

She will be accompanied by about 150 people, including representatives of about 100 Czech companies as well as academics, lawmakers and others.

The Czech Republic, like most countries, does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but it maintains strong informal contacts. High-tech companies in Taiwan are important investors in the Czech Republic.

Pekarova Adamova said she will meet with the island’s leaders, including Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and Prime Minister, and address parliament.

She said that China warned against this trip.

China has in recent years increased its threat to bring Taiwan under its control, by force if necessary, prompting the United States to sell new tanks and missiles to the island, and steps by the Tsai administration to extend and strengthen compulsory military service. domestic defense industry.

The Chinese government recently condemned a phone call between newly elected Czech President Petr Pavel and Tsai. A representative of Pavel’s office will go to Taipei.

Taiwan broke away from mainland China amid civil war in 1949, but Beijing considers the self-governing island part of its territory.

The Czech government recognizes the one-China principle.

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