Czech Senate Speaker Plans to Visit Taiwan, Angering China

PRAGUE—The speaker of the Czech Republics Senate announced on June 9 he will visit Taiwan despite warnings from China and a recommendation from his own government that he not take the trip.

Milos Vystrcil said he would be accompanied by a business delegation on his visit, which is tentatively scheduled to begin Aug. 30.

Vystrcil said he was also planning to meet Taiwans leaders, but didnt immediately give details.

Vystrcils predecessor in the post, Jaroslav Kubera, was planning to travel to Taiwan before he died in January. His plans angered pro-China Czech President Milos Zeman.

A letter to Kubera from the Chinese Embassy in Prague warned him against going on the trip, saying the visit would have negative consequences for future economic relations between China and the Czech Republic.

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Czech Republics President Milos Zeman (R) welcomes his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (L) at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, on March 29, 2016. (Petr David Josek/AP)

The Czech Republic has established informal relations with Taiwan but recognizes the one-China principle—the notion that Taiwan belongs to Communist Party-ruled China.

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