2020/9/24  
英文 English 
US secretary of state praises Czech speaker over Taiwan visit (2020/08/13)

Countering China is at the top of the agenda for U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is on a tour of Europe to consolidate energy and security cooperation. In a stop at the Czech Republic, Pompeo endorsed the Czech senate president's trip to Taiwan later this month. "Good on him," Pompeo said, in a speech before the Czech senate. Pompeo also praised the free press of the Czech Republic for reporting on China's economic coercion, when it was used against the late former senate president when he supported Taiwan.

The first stop on Pompeo’s Europe tour was the Czech Republic, where he sat with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. During a public speech at the country’s senate, the secretary of state fired criticism against China, in defiance of the Czech president’s pro-China views.

Mike Pompeo
US secretary of state
They appreciate that it's going to deny them freedom. We see what's happening in Hong Kong to entrepreneurs. That's the model that the Chinese Communist Party brings when they show up.

Pompeo said freedoms are lost whenever CCP influence appears in a country, pointing to what’s happened in Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet. He stressed that the U.S. would stand with the Czech Republic if it is ever bullied. China has taken issue with the fact that Prague signed a sister-city agreement with Taipei earlier this year, after terminating one with Beijing.

Mike Pompeo
US secretary of state
I came here today, just to remind the Czech people that we stand prepared to support you. If those countries try to bully you, we'll be right there alongside of you.

Pompeo said China was trying to manipulate the world through its economic clout, which made it a tougher foe to counter than the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The statement has been seen as a call for solidarity against both China and Russian influence.

Mike Pompeo
US secretary of state
I’ve heard this narrative that somehow this is the United States against China. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a choice the Czech people are going to make. I’m confident, when faced with the decision about authoritarianism or democracy and freedom, I have very confident what they’ll choose.

Pompeo also voiced support for the diplomatic Taiwan visit by Czech Senate President Milos Vystricil later this month. The senate speaker will be joined by the pro-Taiwan Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib. The event will mark the mayor’s second official visit to Taiwan.

On Facebook, Hrib posted a photo of himself next to a suitcase with the national flags of Taiwan and the Czech Republic. He wrote that he was grateful to be able to join Vystricil on the trip to Taiwan. He added his Taiwan itinerary would include meetings with representatives of Taipei City. The official visit is testament to the warming ties between Taiwan and the Czech Republic.
中文 Chinese  
訪捷克演說嗆中國 蓬佩奧挺參院議長訪台

美國國務卿蓬佩奧到歐洲訪問,第一站就到了捷克,不只在參議院公開發表演說,還不顧捷克總統齊曼親中立場,大力抨擊中國,並且多次提到台灣。對於捷克參議院議長維特齊將率代表團訪台,自稱台灣迷的布拉格市長賀瑞普,也將隨團到來,讓蓬佩奧大讚,這是個很好的計劃。

美國國務卿蓬佩奧,參訪歐洲,第一站到了捷克,不但和總理巴比斯見面,還在參議院公開發表演說時,大力批評中國,豪不在意捷克總統齊曼親中的立場。

[[美國國務卿 蓬佩奧]]
“他們意識到這將剝奪他們的自由。我們看到企業家在香港正在發生的事情,那就是中國共產黨介入時會發生的事。”

蓬佩奧強調,當中國共產黨出現,自由將被剝奪,就像香港、新疆、西藏一樣。如果捷克人被欺負,美國將和大家站一起,畢竟去年捷克首都布拉格市,和台灣首都台北成為姊妹市,惹惱中國。

[[美國國務卿 蓬佩奧]]
“我今天來這裡是為了提醒捷克人民,我們隨時準備支持你,如果這些國家試圖欺負你們,我們會和你們站在一起。”

不只要保捷克人,還說中國把經濟力量當成籌碼影響全球,比冷戰時期的蘇聯更難抗衡,遭外界解讀是要抵制中國和俄國。

[[美國國務卿 蓬佩奧]]
“我聽過這樣的講法,(現在是)美國對抗中國,事實會說話,捷克人民將選擇與美國,和其他理念相同的國家合作,面對威權主義或是民主自由時,我對捷克人民的選擇充滿信心。”

不願多談美中關係,但聽到捷克參議院議長維特齊,8月底將率團訪台,落實民主外交,蓬佩奧不但表態支持,更令人振奮的是,自稱「台灣迷」的布拉格市長賀瑞普,也將隨團二度訪台。

賀瑞普在臉書貼出自己和行李箱的合照,上面還有中華民國和捷克國旗貼紙,寫下感謝跨黨派的合作,我很榮幸和維特齊,一起出訪台灣,我也將和姊妹市台北的代表見面,也證明台捷關係,持續加溫。
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