TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky on Friday (April 29) thanked Taiwan for its donations to the Czech Red Cross for Ukrainian refugees.
In a Tweeter, Lipavsky said he recently met with Taiwan’s envoy to the Czech Republic, Ke Liang-Ruey (柯良叡), and expressed his gratitude for Taiwan’s generous donation of $1.5 million (44, NT$17 million). He said Taiwan and the Czech Republic share common values and he looks forward to “another great collaboration.”
Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) responded on Twitter, saying, “It is a pleasure for Taiwan to work with another force for the good of the Czech Republic in helping the people of Ukraine escape the atrocities of Russia’s aggression.” He added that there was still a lot of work to do.
Diplomatic officials have suggested the central European country change the name of Taiwan’s representative office to include the word “Taiwanese” after the retirement of the current pro-China Czech president, Milos Zeman, at the end of this year, according to Politico. Lithuania has allowed Taiwan to establish the Taiwanese representative office in its capital, Vilnius.
Although they only have unofficial ties, Taiwan and the Czech Republic have grown closer in recent years. Taipei signed a sister city agreement with Prague in January 2020 after Beijing severed ties with the sister city when the mayor refused to sign a document agreeing to the “one China” principle.
A delegation from the Czech Senate visited Taiwan in August 2020 and met with senior Taiwanese officials.