By: Elaine Hou and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, March 29 (CNA) Visiting Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib revealed on Friday that he had once rejected China’s request to expel a Taiwanese official from an event he hosted back in his city, because it was not acceptable to do so from a human decency standpoint.
Hrib was answering questions from reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during his visit there.
He was asked about a recent incident that saw Taiwan’s Representative to the Czech Republic Wang Chung-I (汪忠一) removed from a meeting held by the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade after China’s ambassador Zhang Jianmin (張建敏) protested his participation.
“From a simply human decency, it is unacceptable for me to throw away a guest that I had invited as a host,” said Hrib, and therefore “this would never happen on an event that would be held by me.” [FULL STORY]