The mayor of Prague, the Czech capital, Zdenek Hrib, and the mayor of Taipei, Ke Wenzhe, signed an agreement in Prague on Monday (January 13), and the two cities formally established sister cities.
Since his election in November 2018, Prague Mayor Herreb has repeatedly questioned the “One China Principle” he promised when establishing a sister city relationship with Beijing, and requested that Braque’s “support for the one-China policy” in the sister city agreement be deleted. Not to recognize Taiwan” clause.
After being rejected by Beijing, Horeb announced in October last year that it would terminate its relationship with Beijing and instead proposed signing a sister city agreement with Taipei City. Beijing also announced on October 9 that it would terminate its sister city relationship with Prague.
Horeb said on Monday that Prague and Taipei share common “democratic values and respect basic human rights and cultural freedom.” He also criticized China as an unreliable partner the day before (January 12).
Although Prague does not accept China’s so-called one-China principle, this is not the official position of the Czech government. Czech President Milos Zeman called for strengthening the relationship between the Czech Republic and China.
After winning the election on Saturday, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen called on the international community to regard Taiwan as an indispensable member. She said that “for every country, Taiwan is a partner”.