PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech capital, Prague, on Monday signed a partnership agreement with the capital of Taiwan, Taipei – three months after canceling a similar deal with Beijing and angering the Chinese government.
The disagreement over Beijing began after the Chinese insisted on having a clause in the deal stating that Prague supports the one-China principle, which does not recognize Taiwan.
In reaction to Prague’s decision to ink a deal with Taipei, China canceled the tours of several Prague classical music ensembles and orchestras.
Taiwan split from mainland China amid a civil war in 1949, but Beijing considers the self-ruled island part of its territory.
While Prague authorities have resisted the one-China principle, the Czech government recognizes it.