New York Times: Czech courtship unqualified victory for China


For China, the Czech courtship was an unqualified victory, the U.S. daily New York Times wrote on Sunday. The article, which focuses on the change in Czech-Chinese relationships during Mr Zeman’s presidency, says “China had won a sure friend in Europe, an American military ally and a country once seen as a bulwark for liberal democracy in a strategically important region.”

The article says “Mr. Zeman, a well-known smoker and drinker, has rejected Havel-era support for the Dalai Lama and its close ties to the government of Taiwan,” and points out that Mr. Zeman was the first Czech leader to visit China in nearly a decade in 2014.