Primary Taiwanese news agency Central News Agency (CNA) recently reported that Beijing’s former sister city, Prague, will soon become the sister city of Taipei. After cutting its close ties with Beijing, Prague’s mayor Zdenek Hrib announced that Taipei will be Prague’s new sister city starting in January 2020. The Prague City Council just passed the new sister city agreement. The former relationship between Prague and Beijing was severed after Beijing rejected the friendliness Prague had towards Taiwan. Beijing revoked the panda lease to Prague and unilaterally stopped a few cultural exchange event contracts. Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je is scheduled to visit Prague in January. The two cities are planning to strengthen their relationship in key areas like trade, culture, tourism and education.
Source: CNA, December 3, 2019