China summons Czech Ambassador to China to protest over Czech senate speaker’s visit to Taiwan
Published: Aug 31, 2020 09:45 PM

Czech Senate Speaker Milos Vystrcil waves upon his arrival at Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang summoned Czech Republic Ambassador to China Vladimir Tomsik to lodge stern representation and strong protest against Czech Senate Speaker Milos Vystrcil's visit to Taiwan, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday. 

Qin said that regardless of China's firm opposition and solemn representation, for his own personal gains, Vystrcil is visiting Taiwan island tempted by the Taiwan authority and instigated by anti-China forces. 

This is a blatant support to the separatists on the island that has severely violated China's sovereignty and domestic affairs. China strongly condemns the move, according to a Foreign Ministry website statement.

Vystrcil arrived in Taipei on Sunday with a delegation of 90 people, including the mayor of Prague, on a trip designed to promote business links with Taiwan, Taiwan media reported. 

Qin stressed that there is only one China in the world, and the People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government that represents China, which is recognized by the international community. 

The one-China principle is the Czech's foreign policy and the political basis for China-Czech ties, said Qin, noting that Vystrcil, as one of the country's leaders, has openly breached the one-China principle which the Czech government has promised to uphold, severely infringing the basic code of international law and relations. 

China must take necessary actions to safeguard its interests, Qin said.

China urges the Czech Republic to take a serious attitude toward China's interests and concerns, and not to underestimate the firm resolve and willingness of the 1.4 billion Chinese people to safeguard the nation's sovereignty and integrity.

Qin also urged the Czech Republic to abide by the one-China principle, and avoid bilateral ties from being hurt by the malicious and short-sighted moves of Vystrcil.

The Department of European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy to the Czech Republic also lodged solemn representations to the Czech Embassy in China and its Foreign Ministry.