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China Blasts Incoming Czech Leader for Seeking Taiwan Ties

  • Petr’s call with Tsai a ‘blatant violation,’ China says
  • Pavel, who takes office in March, signals a shift on China
Petr Pavel
Petr PavelPhotographer: Milan Jaros/Bloomberg
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China lashed out at the Czech Republic after incoming President Petr Pavel spoke with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen, saying the move amounted to “serious interference” in its affairs.

“This is a blatant violation of the Czech Republic’s political commitment to the one-China principle,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said Tuesday at a regular press briefing in Beijing, referring to the government’s position that Taiwan is part of China.