Fri, 24 Mar 2023

PRAGUE, Czech Republic: Ahead of her visit to Taipei, Marketa Pekarova Adamova, Speaker of the Czech Lower House, reiterated to Taiwan her country's support for partner states that support human rights and liberal democracy.

Pekarova plans to travel to Taiwan with a delegation of businessmen and representatives of educational and scientific institutions.

She spoke this week with Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.

"I assured the minister that systematic support of partners who respect human rights and the principles of liberal democracy belongs among the priorities of our parliamentary diplomacy," she said, in a statement issued through her spokesman.

The Czech Republic does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, whose democratically elected government strongly disputes China's territorial claims over it, but the legislature and centre-right Czech government have been strengthening economic and cultural ties with Taiwan.

Most countries avoid high-level public interactions with Taiwan and its president, not wishing to provoke China, the world's second largest economy.

Wu said in the call that he was happy to see Taiwan-Czech exchanges and cooperation in various fields continue to develop and deepen, Taiwan's foreign ministry said in a statement.

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