Chinese diplomats have responded furiously to a Czech delegation to Taiwan led by the speaker of the Czech Senate.

Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, said earlier today that Miloš Vystrčil, the speaker of the Czech Senate, will be made to “pay a heavy price” for his involvement in the delegation and that the Chinese government would not sit idly by in the face of this “open provocation”.

Wang said that anyone challenging the one-China policy, under which the mainland Chinese government seeks to ensure that the sovereignty of Taiwan is not recognised by other countries or international organisations, was making themselves “ the enemy of 1.4 billion Chinese people.”

The Global Times, one of the major newspapers directly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, in an editorial called the Czech visit to Taiwan an “opportunistic stunt” and said the visit was “vicious in nature.” They said Vystrčil’s claim that his trip was to show support for democracy was “false logic” and “quite twisted.” They said he had committed “evil deeds” due to the fact he was a “political hooligan.” They closed the piece with a reminder that the one-China principle is backed by “forceful” law and the “powerful” People’s Liberation Army.

Foreign Minister Wang is currently touring Europe in an attempt to rebuild diplomatic ties which have been damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic and allegations that China is undertaking a genocide of ethnic populations in its Xinjiang province. Over the weekend Wang claimed that all of those sent to the “re-education camps” in Xinjiang province had been released and placed in employment – a statement which, according to the latest reports of activity in the province, appears to simply be a lie.

Ireland does not currently have formal relations with Taiwan, although some politicians have called for Ireland to establish formal links with Taiwan, saying that our failure to do so was due to fear of China’s reaction and that allowing another country to tell us which countries we can, and can not, recognise undermines our commitment to political neutrality.

Gript recently carried a piece by Taiwanese Foreign Minister, Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, arguing for greater recognition of Taiwan by international organisations. That piece can be read HERE.