BEIJING (AP) — China has accused the new Czech president of challenging its national sovereignty by affirming ties with self-ruled Taiwan in a phone call with the island’s leader. The call represents a symbolic breach of China’s attempts to isolate Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own territory with no right to independent diplomatic recognition. President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan and the Czech Republic “enjoy deep ties and share the values of freedom, democracy, and human rights.” A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson says it has complained over Czech President-elect Petr Pavel’s phone call and urged the Czech side to avoid making irreparable damage to relations. The Czech prime minister responded by saying his country’s policy toward China and Taiwan has not changed.
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