An unpleasant letter to Zeman. China threatened retaliation against Czech companies

The government in Beijing threatened retaliation against Czech companies operating in China if the president of the Czech Senate made a planned visit to Taiwan. It is mentioned in a letter sent by the Chinese embassy in Prague to the office of Czech President Miloš Zeman.

The letter of January 10 indicated that if the President of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera will visit Taiwan, Czech companies operating in the mainland will suffer as a result China such as Škoda Auto or the Home Credit group.

China is the largest foreign market

Kubera died unexpectedly before the planned trip, on January 20, but a letter written in the Czech language, which the media managed to obtain until Now, it shows how unequivocal Beijing was in terms of possible consequences if he made the visit.

“Czech companies whose representatives will visit Taiwan with President Kuber, they will not be welcomed in China or by the Chinese, “it says in a letter stating that Czech companies with economic interests in China they will have to “pay” for President Kuber’s visit to Taiwan. “China is the largest foreign market for many Czech companies, such as are Škoda Auto, Home Credit, Pianos Petrof and others, ”he noted.

Beijing warned Prague

Chinese officials in Beijing did not respond to requests for comments. A spokesman for the Czech president confirmed that the office had received a letter, but on its contents did not comment. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, which Beijing considers the province to be breakaway, criticized China ‘s warning of address of Prague.

Senate President Kubera was the second after President Miloš Zeman the highest constitutional figure of the country.

Grandma expressed concern

Zeman and Prime Minister Andrej Babis have expressed concern that Kuber’s plans for visit to Taiwan will lead to China’s retaliatory measures against business community of Central European countries. The Senate office said Kubera knew about the letter and its contents after receiving a copy at a regular meeting leading representatives of Czech foreign policy.

In the letter, China warns that Kuber’s visit should be seen as “Serious violation” of the so-called politics of one China. Grandma’s government, which has the main say in foreign policy, has repeatedly stated that adheres to this policy.

Diplomatic relations have cooled

However, diplomatic relations between the two countries cooled last year after how Prague City Hall showed its support for Tibet and demanded change in the Prague-Beijing Partnership Agreement on China’s policy against Taiwan. The agreement was eventually terminated and Prague signed instead cooperation agreement with the Taiwanese capital Taipei, making Beijing even more so he got upset.

The disruption of bilateral relations took place as early as December 2018, when the Czech Office for Cyber ​​Security has warned of the risks of use technology of Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei and ZTE.

The government in Beijing threatened retaliation against Czech companies operating in China if the president of the Czech Senate made a planned visit to Taiwan. It is mentioned in a letter sent by the Chinese embassy in Prague to the office of Czech President Miloš Zeman.

The letter of January 10 indicated that if the President of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera will visit Taiwan, Czech companies operating in the mainland will suffer as a result China such as Škoda Auto or the Home Credit group.

China is the largest foreign market

Kubera died unexpectedly before the planned trip, on January 20, but a letter written in the Czech language, which the media managed to obtain until Now, it shows how unequivocal Beijing was in terms of possible consequences if he made the visit.

“Czech companies whose representatives will visit Taiwan with President Kuber, they will not be welcomed in China or by the Chinese, “it says in a letter stating that Czech companies with economic interests in China they will have to “pay” for President Kuber’s visit to Taiwan. “China is the largest foreign market for many Czech companies, such as are Škoda Auto, Home Credit, Pianos Petrof and others, ”he noted.

Beijing warned Prague

Chinese officials in Beijing did not respond to requests for comments. A spokesman for the Czech president confirmed that the office had received a letter, but on its contents did not comment. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, which Beijing considers the province to be breakaway, criticized China ‘s warning of address of Prague.

Senate President Kubera was the second after President Miloš Zeman the highest constitutional figure of the country.

Grandma expressed concern

Zeman and Prime Minister Andrej Babis have expressed concern that Kuber’s plans for visit to Taiwan will lead to China’s retaliatory measures against business community of Central European countries. The Senate office said Kubera knew about the letter and its contents after receiving a copy at a regular meeting leading representatives of Czech foreign policy.

In the letter, China warns that Kuber’s visit should be seen as “Serious violation” of the so-called politics of one China. Grandma’s government, which has the main say in foreign policy, has repeatedly stated that adheres to this policy.

Diplomatic relations have cooled

However, diplomatic relations between the two countries cooled last year after how Prague City Hall showed its support for Tibet and demanded change in the Prague-Beijing Partnership Agreement on China’s policy against Taiwan. The agreement was eventually terminated and Prague signed instead cooperation agreement with the Taiwanese capital Taipei, making Beijing even more so he got upset.

The disruption of bilateral relations took place as early as December 2018, when the Czech Office for Cyber ​​Security has warned of the risks of use technology of Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei and ZTE.