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China influence aggravates Czech Republic's political war

Prague metro government drops its Beijing 'sister' ties as investment hopes fade

People reenact a protest march to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Prague on Nov. 17, when some protesters flew the Tibetan flag and harangued the political elite's close ties to Beijing.   © Reuters

PRAGUE -- China relations have deepened a political divide in the Czech Republic, where Prague's Charles University, one of Europe's oldest, earlier this month was forced to close its Czech-Chinese Center after staff members failed to disclose payments from the Chinese embassy.

The incident followed a series of political spats among parties in the central European nation.

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