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Taiwan sees doors open in Europe as virus response earns respect

Taipei reaches out to Czechs and others while pandemic hurts China's reputation

A woman wearing a face mask stands at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic. Earlier this month, Taiwan inked an official partnership with the Czech Republic on fighting COVID-19 -- its first such arrangement.    © Reuters

PRAGUE -- The list of Taiwan's formal diplomatic ties in Europe is short: It begins and ends with the Vatican.

But the coronavirus pandemic, which has underscored the island's isolation and sparked an escalating feud with the World Health Organization, may be opening up some diplomatic opportunities for Taipei.

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