Prague poised to establish city-to-city ties with Taipei

Prague to ink partnership with Taipei after snubbing Beijing
In this picture taken on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, tourists enjoy a view of the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic. On Thursday, Dec. 12, Prague has approved a plan to sign a partnership agreement with the capital of Taiwan, Taipei. Mayor Zdenek Hrib said it focuses on economic, trade and cultural cooperation but not on politics. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

BERLIN (CNA) — The city council of Prague in the Czech Republic passed a motion to establish “sisterhood ties” with Taipei on Thursday. Prague city council voted 39-0 to approve the motion, with two abstentions.

Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib announced last week that he will sign an agreement with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) in January when Ko visits the Czech capital to boost bilateral trade, tourist, cultural and educational exchanges between the two cities.

Hrib said that Prague will send students to Taipei to learn Chinese, as well as study Taiwan’s digitization of healthcare and development of metro systems.

He also revealed that Prague Zoo expects to be gifted a pangolin from Taipei.

Prague terminated its city-to-city agreement with Beijing in October after a dispute over the removal of Beijing’s “one China” policy clause from the agreement.