Prague’s leadership has for months been trying to remove an article from an agreement signed between the Czech capital and Beijing during the rule of previous coalition, which refers to the One China concept. Mayor Zdeněk Hřib says the agreement should be apolitical and that including the formulation was a mistake. However, on Wednesday, China asked the Prague government not to interfere in Czech-Chinese relations, accusing the Prague’s mayor and government of having behaved “very badly on issues involving China’s national sovereignty and core interests”. I asked Filip Jirouš of the China focused think-tank Sinopsis why Prague’s attempt met with such a strong reaction.

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