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China Is Pissed At Czech Prime Minister. Because of a Tibet Flag

In Politics, Sports on July 28, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

A few weeks ago the Czech Prime Minister announced he would go to China after all. Not to the opening ceremony, but to support Czech athletes.

As he was making the announcement, he was wearing a pin with a flag of Tibet.

Now the Chinese got mad. Our ambassador to China was invited by their Foreign Ministry to provide an explanation of the Czech foreign policies, whether “there has been any change”. And the Chinese ambassador to Prague sent the usual polite-but-mad-inside diplomatic note.

First of all, I don’t think there has been any change. There can not be any, as the Czech Republic has never supported China in the matters concerning Tibet, and quite frequently Tibetian flags are displayed here to support this region.

And second of all, the Chinese should realize that even a prime minister should be granted his personal freedom of speech right. Czech PM’s partner/girlfriend is a supporter of free Tibet, so it is natural that he might agree with her on various issues.

The PM announced his intention to go to China while wearing a flag pin: by which he said that the issue of free Tibet should not be left aside during the Games. What his gesture tells me is that even bigger attention should be paid to it.

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10 Responses to “China Is Pissed At Czech Prime Minister. Because of a Tibet Flag”

  1. […] Czech Daily Word reports on the problems in relationship between the Czech Republic and China on the eve of the Olympics. Posted by Veronica Khokhlova Share […]

  2. The Chinese are not as naive as the Czeck prime minister thinks they are to expect any support on the Tibet issue from him. He certainly has any right to think any way in private. However, to do what he did in public to thumb his nose at the Chinese is simple stupity or imaturity on his part. This guy must have an IQ less than 10.

  3. The PM will be one the very few who will take a principled stand and can at leas hold their head up high.
    Today’s realpolitik, which is a guise for servile cowardice, is a deplorable testimony of how low ethical and moral standards have sunk in politics, all for the sake of pursuing the last possible Dollar, Pound, Euro, Yen.
    He might want to deliver this letter to Hu Jintao while in Beijing:

    http://one-just-world.blogspot.com/2008/07/letter-to-hu-jintao.html

    Keep up the Czech spirit of honesty, integrity and freedom.

  4. While, if Czech does not want formal diplomat relations with China, why don’t cut the tie now? If Czech needs that diplomat relation, wouldn’t you first need to recognize Tibet as part of China?

    U.S. support of Czech does not really mean much, as the gov should learn soon. Look at Iraq, they used to have all U.S. backing when they were in a war with Iran. Just wait a few years when U.S. changed its mind. Then Czech will find a world full of enemies.

  5. Is anyone going to hold China to account on the promises it made that hosting the Olympics would improve human rights in China?

    Show your solidarity for Chinese bloggers who risk censure, arrest, torture and even imprisonment for peacefully expressing speaking out online.

    Join Amnesty International’s online Day of Protest. Check it out – http://action.uncensor.com.au/dop/

    Internet censorship helps the Chinese authorities to hide human rights abuses – like how much they use of the death penalty, torture and their persecution of human rights defenders.

  6. The Czech PM is definitely one of the less smart people I know, but:

    1) his decision was a qualified one. He does have all the information one needs to decide whether to wear that pin or not, or whether to hang out that flag, or not.

    2) I am shocked to hear the numerous arguments the main idea of which is “let’s not talk about it AT ALL or otherwise we will make China mad”. If a country wants to deal with a certain issue as with its “domestic policy” issue without having foreign politicians interfere, fine. But these foreign politicians have the right to express what they think by non-political means, like via “indirect display of support”. It is a gesture…

  7. As for diplomatic and business relations with China:

    It think the worse part is that all countries of the wold MUST have pragmatic relations with China. China exports its goods everywhere, and imports from everywhere, accordingly. So it is the stupid “I need you and you need me” relationship. Like a divorced couple: the wife would love to tell her ex to go fuck himself, but she needs the alimony check every month and they have the shared custody agreement.

    Therefore, nobody is that brave to open an embassy in Lhasa, but a pin is an innocent, yet powerful reminder.

  8. A 10-million tiny little country wants to dictate how a world power with more than 100 times population? On what ground China should treat Czech as equal partners? Divorced couple? What a joke.

  9. Who said anything about dictating?

    To quote comment number 8: “On what ground should China treat the Czech Republic as an equal partner”?

    Answer: that is what normal business treaties are about. There are two contracting parties. One offers something, the other one pays, or offers something in return. Any Commercial Code of a normal country has these provisions, and international treaties do, as well.

    What I meant was that politicians “feel like having to shush”. The Czech PM expressed what he wanted to express by not talking.

    And he did it in a country that has freedom of expression.

  10. This topic is quite trendy in the net at the moment. What do you pay attention to while choosing what to write ?

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