• By The Financial District


A delegation from the Czech Republic led by the Senate speaker and including businesspeople arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for a six-day official visit to the island, despite China's protest against official contact with the self-governed island. 

Senate President Milos Vystrcil will be the highest-level Czech politician to visit Taiwan to date, and follows a high-ranking US official's trip earlier this month that angered China, Japan’s Kyodo news agency and the Central News Agency (CAN) of Taiwan reported on Sunday, August 30, 2020. 

Taiwan and the Czech Republic have no formal diplomatic relations. China regards the island as a renegade province to be brought under its control, by force if necessary, and opposes official contact between Taiwan and countries with which Beijing has diplomatic ties.

The visit by the head of the Czech Senate, who is the second-highest constitutional official after the president of the republic, came at the invitation of Legislative Speaker You Si-kun. Vystrcil is also set to meet President Tsai Ing-wen. The roughly 90-member delegation arrived at Taoyuan International Airport in northern Taiwan and was welcomed by Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. They will stay until Sept. 4.