In January, the Chinese Foreign Ministry experienced a “severe shock”, according to spokesman Zhao Lijian. Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Janša had called Taiwan a “democratic country” and announced closer relations with Taipei. The right-wing populist also did not rule out the opening of a trade representation called the “Taiwan Office” (China.Table reported). Whether the plan is still relevant in Ljubljana is, however, doubtful: Janša has been voted out of office – and with the new government under political newcomer Robert Golob, the signs of China policy in the central European EU state once again point more to economic cooperation than confrontation.
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