Prague moves to cancel partnership agreement with Beijing

By The Associated Press

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Prague’s City Hall has made a step to revoke its partnership agreement with the Chinese capital, a move that has angered China.

The Prague City Council agreed Monday to cancel the sister-city agreement with Beijing, which was signed three years ago. The cancellation still has to be approved by the City Assembly.

Mayor Zdenek Hrib has previously said Prague took the action because Beijing rejected a Czech request to remove a clause from the agreement that states that Prague supports the one-China principle, which does not recognize Taiwan.

Hrib said Prague wants to focus on cultural co-operation, not on politics.

In reaction to the Prague plan, China recently cancelled the tours of several Prague classical music ensembles and orchestras.

The Czech government recognizes the one-China principle.

The Associated Press

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