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Prague also plans to stand up to China

The newly elected Czech government is taking a more proactive approach toward Beijing than its predecessor: Prime Minister Petr Fiala chose China-critic Jan Lipavský as foreign minister for his cabinet. The 36-year-old from the Czech Pirate Party had already called the People’s Republic a “danger to the Czech Republic” before taking office, according to media reports. He stressed that his country’s foreign policy must “properly reflect” this threat. The Czech Republic has abandoned some of its principles in recent negotiations with Russia and China, he added. In late October, he pledged to “pursue a renewed human rights tradition,” and vowed “strong cooperation at the EU and NATO level.”

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