Czech Senate president Milos Vystrcil will lead a delegation of about 90 people, including Prague mayor Zdenek Hrib, to visit Taiwan from August 30 to September 4, a move opposed by the Chinese mainland.
The Czech Republic has diplomatic ties with China, and the head of its Senate is the second highest-ranking official after the country’s president according to its Constitution.
A total of 70 leaders from the EU Parliament, the United States, Canada, and Australia on Tuesday issued a statement backing the Czech delegation’s visit and denouncing China’s pressure to scuttle the trip.
The joint statement condemned attempts by China’s “wolf warrior diplomats” to sabotage the visit to Taiwan. It added that the Czech Republic “has the right to develop economic and cultural relations with Taiwan” and that Vystrcil does not require China’s “approval” to visit the island.
The Czech Senate infuriated China with the decision to pass a resolution calling for the country to back out of the extradition treaty with Hong Kong in light of the city’s national security law, which many view as an end to the “one country, two systems” formula.
Vystrcil is scheduled to deliver a speech at National Chenghi University on August 31, where he is expected to share his views not only on economic and business ties but also democracy, freedom, and social issues.