China angered by new Czech president’s Taiwan call

PRAGUE: China criticised Czech president-elect Petr Pavel on Tuesday (Jan 31) for keeping a telephone get in touch with with Taiwan’s president and international minister the day right before.

Beijing is hoping to maintain Taiwan isolated on the earth stage and opposes countries having official exchanges with Taipei.

It claims self-ruled, democratic Taiwan as section of its territory to be seized a person day, by drive if important.

“Pavel… trampled on China’s crimson line,” mentioned Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning.

“This seriously interferes in China’s internal affairs and has harm the feelings of the Chinese men and women,” she extra.

Beijing has urged Prague to “straight away take helpful measures to eradicate the destructive influence of this incident and stay clear of irreparable injury currently being sustained to China-Czech relations”, Mao said.

Pavel, who gained the presidential election on Saturday, will exchange pro-Chinese incumbent Milos Zeman on Mar 9.

Previously this month, Zeman held a 45-moment movie phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he calls his buddy, and hailed “welcoming relations” involving the two countries.

Pavel then talked to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who had congratulated him on his election acquire.

“I thanked her … and I assured her that Taiwan and the Czech Republic share the values of freedom, democracy and human legal rights,” Pavel reported on Twitter.

“We agreed on strengthening our partnership,” included the former typical, who served as head of NATO’s army committee in 2015-2018.

He claimed he hoped “to have the prospect to meet President Tsai in individual in the future”.