Chinese embassy in Czech Republic threatens Czech companies operating in China over Czech lawmaker’s planned visit to Taiwan

Chinese officials sent a letter to the office of Czech Republic’s president threatening retaliation over a planned visit to Taiwan by a senior Czech lawmaker. The letter, addressed from the Chinese embassy in Prague and written in Czech, stated that “Czech companies who have economic interests in China will have to pay for the visit to Taiwan” by Senate speaker Jaroslav Kubera. The letter referenced the extent of Czech businesses operating within China, such as credit company Home Credit and Volkswagen subsidiary Škoda Auto; according to Czech news outlet Aktuálnê, China acts as the largest global market for Škoda car sales, and Home Credit has administered approximately $13 billion in consumer loans within China. The letter further warned that the visit by Kubera, who passed away before the visit was set to occur in February 2020, would violate the Chinese regime’s one-China policy recognizing Beijing’s sovereignty over Taiwan. Reuters reports that Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ government has repeatedly stressed that it adheres to the one-China policy.

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Date: February 2020
Country: Czech Republic
Source: Source Source 2