Czech senate speaker to pay ‘heavy price’ for Taiwan: China

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech during a press conference at the Institute for International Relations in Paris, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in France as part of a five-country trip to Europe, his first since the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Czech Senate Speaker Milos Vystrcil will pay a “heavy price” for visiting Taiwan, a top Chinese government official said on Monday.

To this, Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said that the wording was too strong, and reiterated that they were not seeking political confrontation.

Even though China considers Taiwan a breakaway province ineligible for state relations, Vystrcil arrived in Taipei on Sunday to promote business ties with Taiwan, saying Czech would not bow to Beijing’s objections.

There will be retaliatory measures, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said in a speech in Germany but gave no details on exactly how Beijing would react.

The Chinese government and people will not stand idly by and we will “make him pay a heavy price”, the Chinese Foreign Ministry quoted Wang saying.

In a statement, Vystrcil said Wang’s comments were interference in the Czech Republic’s internal affairs and reiterated that the Czech Republic is a free country that strives for good relations with all countries.

Vystrčil arrived in Taiwan on August 30. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

Taiwan Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua declined to comment on China’s eventual retaliation against the island nation, but said the Czech Republic and Taiwan have much in common as both are free and democratic countries that place great emphasis on human rights.

We have the same values as the Czechs, “she told reporters at a joint event with Vystrcil.