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China's EU charm offensive spoiled by Czech speaker's Taiwan visit

President Tsai meets with Vystrcil, praising 'major step' for a new wave

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right, and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi leave after a joint news conference as part of a meeting in Berlin on Sept. 1.   © Reuters

TAIPEI/BEIJING -- China's campaign to warm ties with Europe was tripped up again on Thursday as Czech Senate leader Milos Vystrcil met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, pushing cross-strait relations to the diplomatic forefront.  

Vystrcil is the Czech Republic's second-highest ranking official after President Milos Zeman. He arrived in Taiwan Sunday as part of a larger delegation, despite his country having no diplomatic ties with the self-ruled island.

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