China says Czech visit to Taiwan harmed its sovereignty

Straits Times
Date: September 05, 2020

Milos Vystrcil looks on as Taiwan President Tsai Ong-wen speaks at the Presidential Office in Taipei on Sept 3, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

PRAGUE (AFP) – The Chinese embassy in Prague on Saturday (Sept 5) condemned this week's visit to Taiwan by a Czech delegation as "a serious infringement on China's national sovereignty".

A delegation of about 90 Czech politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists and journalists led by senate speaker Milos Vystrcil visited Taiwan from Aug 30 to Sept 4.

Under its One China policy, Beijing considers Taiwan a part of its territory, with reunification by force an option, and does not send official delegations to the island.

The Czech centre-left government officially accepts the One China policy, but Vystrcil is a member of the right-wing opposition Civic Democrats and is not bound by the protocol.

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