China raps Czech president-elect over Taiwan call By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE Photo: Czech presidential applicant Petr Pavel speaks to the media at his headquarters, in the course of the country’s presidential election, in Prague, Czech Republic January 28, 2023. REUTERS/David W Cerny


BEIJING (Reuters) -China condemned on Tuesday a cell phone phone in between Czech President-elect Petr Pavel and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen, declaring he disregarded Beijing’s recurring makes an attempt at dissuasion.

Monday’s get in touch with was a diplomatic breakthrough for the China-claimed island, which has no official relations with Prague.

“Czech President-elect Pavel dismissed China’s repeated makes an attempt to dissuade him and our recurring representations,” Chinese overseas ministry spokesperson Mao Ning Mao instructed reporters.

“He has persisted in stepping on China’s pink line, seriously interfering in China’s domestic affairs and hurting the thoughts of the Chinese men and women.”

Beijing sights any formal exchanges with Taiwan as an affront to its sovereignty. It frequently criticises visits by international lawmakers to the island, but a call involving a head of state and Tsai is noticed as graver.

“In advance of his election, Pavel publicly stated that the ‘one China’ principle ought to be revered, yet now he has gone back again on his terms,” Mao claimed.

“China the moment all over again urges the Czech Republic to…acquire immediate and productive measures to reduce the unfavorable affect of this incident and prevent irreparable problems to China-Czech relations.”