Czech president open to meeting Taiwan president at international conference


Czech Republic President Petr Pavel. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Czech President Petr Pavel on Tuesday (March 28) expressed he is open to meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in an unofficial setting such as an international conference rather than an official visit.

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Speaking at a student event, Pavel said that while the Czech Republic still abides by its “one China” policy and has not questioned China’s territorial integrity, it reserves the right to establish relations with any other country, per Liberty Times. There is nothing preventing him from meeting Tsai at a neutral event, he said.

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Pavel explained that it is one thing for Czech parliamentarians to visit Taiwan, but a presidential visit would definitely trigger a full-blown reaction from China, such as full-scale economic retaliation. Because of the difference in Beijing’s perception of parliamentary-level and high-level visits, it is unreasonable to expose Czech companies to such risks, he said.

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Pavel’s comments have led to speculation that the two leaders could link up at the 27th Forum 2000 Conference in Prague in October.

Tsai talked with Pavel on Jan. 30, congratulating him on winning the presidency. China protested the calling, accusing Pavel of “stepping on China’s red line, seriously interfering in China’s domestic affairs, and hurting the feelings of the Chinese people.”

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Speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies Marketa Pekarova Adamova led a delegation on March 25-29, meeting with Taiwanese government officials to deepen bilateral relations and cooperation. Adamova also delivered a speech at the Legislative Yuan, pledging that the Czech Republic will stand by Taiwan based on the shared values of democracy, freedom, and human rights.

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Who is the new president of Taiwan?

Tsai Ing-wen (Chinese: 蔡英文; pinyin: Cài Yīngwén; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chhòa Eng-bûn; born 31 August 1956) is a Taiwanese politician who has served as the president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) since 2016. A member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Tsai is the first female president of Taiwan.

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What countries recognize Taiwan?

In the Pacific, the countries that recognize Taiwan are the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and Tuvalu.


CountryTaiwan Diplomatic Recognition
Saint Kitts and NevisYes
Saint LuciaYes
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesYes
Saudi ArabiaNo

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Does India Recognise Taiwan?

While Taiwan and India are two of Asia’s leading democracies, both with fairly close ties to the United States and Europe, both sides continue to lack formal diplomatic relations.

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Does Japan Recognise Taiwan?

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After the Japan–PRC Joint Communiqué in 1972, Japan no longer recognizes the Republic of China as the sole official government of China and the official diplomatic relations between the two countries were ceased. However, Japan has maintained non-governmental, working-level relations with Taiwan.

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Does Britain Recognise Taiwan?

Relations between Taiwan (Republic of China) and the United Kingdom is the subject of China–United Kingdom relations. Due to the One China policy the United Kingdom does not recognize the Government of the Republic of China and all diplomatic relations between the two countries take place on an unofficial basis.

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