10th October 2019 – (Beijing) According to a statement by Beijing’s Foreign Affairs Office yesterday, Beijing and Prague in the Czech Republic has ended sister-city relations after Prague council’s improper remarks and wrong actions on Taiwan and Tibet issues.
Excerpt of the statement is as follows:
Since November 2018, the main leader and other officials of the new administration of the City of Prague of the Czech Republic have turned a blind eye to the norms governing international relations and the consensus of international community, ignored the solemn position and strong oppositions from the Chinese side, and repeatedly made wrong moves and improper comments on issues related to Taiwan and Tibet that bear on the core interests of the Chinese side. What they have done and said constitute a brazen interference in China’s internal affairs and a naked defiance over the sister-city relationship with Beijing Municipality which have generated very bad effects. Beijing Municipality solemnly protests against it.
Given the fact that the political prerequisite and basis for the exchanges between the two cities no longer exist, the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality authorizes its Foreign Affairs Office to make this official announcement: Beijing Municipality terminates its sister-city relationship with the City of Prague with immediate effect and suspends all official exchanges.
It is hoped that related people in the City of Prague realize their mistakes as soon as possible, and offset the negative impact through concrete actions.