After the city of Prague, Czech Republic decided to withdraw from its sister-city partnership with Beijing, Chinese political leadership was infuriated.
This conflict emerged when the Pirate Party won the Prague mayor’s office and voiced its displeasure with Beijing’s “one China” policy, which sees Taiwan and Tibet as part of China.
This sister-city agreement was signed in 2016, but was rescinded on October 7, 2019. Mayor Zdenek Hrib claimed that China refused to take down any mention of this policy. Hrib asserted that the declaration was not suitable for an agreement between the two cities, given that it’s a question of national policy.
China’s embassy was not happy, which then went on Facebook urging Prague’s leadership to change its position as soon as possible or “it will be their own interests that will be hurt.”
This cancellation must still receive the city assembly’s approval. After sending a “serious protest” to the city’s political leadership, the Chinese embassy declared that this rupture of ties is “a breach of trust” which hurts relations between China and the Czech Republic.
Prague’s policies towards China conflict with Czech national leadership. President Milos Zeman is a strong supporter of Chinese investment in Europe. The Czech Foreign Ministry, which acknowledges the one China policy, said the Czech government would stay out of this matter.
This dispute’s origins can be traced to last year when China banned several orchestras with “Prague” in their names from performing in the country after Hrib did not bother to kick out a Taiwanese diplomat from a meeting he held.
Prague has been a hub of support for Tibet, with the former President Vaclav Havel and other elected officials hosting the exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama in the past — much to Beijing’s consternation.
Under Hrib’s leadership, the practice of displaying the Tibetan flag at Prague city hall — a practice dating back to Havel’s presidential administration — was restored. However, the national government has taken a different approach by having police suppress peaceful protests during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit in 2016 where people also had their Tibetan flags removed from their homes.
China’s ascent as a world power has been controversial to say the least.
From a genocidal communist experience to market liberalization in the 1980s, China has undergone a significant transformation in the last 50 years that has taken it to considerable heights on the world stage.
However, these reforms have not changed its authoritarian political structure and questionable trade policies with other nations.
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 has made people realize that China has adverse interests to most Western countries.
For that reason, Prague’s municipal government is correct in calling out China’s authoritarian practices and at least challenging the narrative that China is a benign actor.
CNN Journos Are Throwing a Fit About a Trump Administration Official’s Pro-Western Civilization Comments
On June 29, 2020, writers Andrew Kaczynski and Nathan McDermott penned an op-ed at CNN attacking Merritt Corrigan, a deputy White House liaison at the US Agency for International Development, for some of the tweets she made between 2019 and 2020.
They claimed that she “has a history of inflammatory rhetoric aimed at refugees, the LGBTQ community and women.” CNN’s KFile analyzed several of the tweets from Corrigan’s account, “which were captured by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.”
Corrigan was previously employed at Hungary’s Embassy in the U.S.where she tweeted in support of nationalist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on multiple occasions. She described him as “the shining champion of Western civilization,” according to ProPublica, which covered a number of Corrigan’s tweets on June 5.
Corrigan was also attacked for some of her anti-mass migration tweets. “Mass deportations when?,” Corrigan tweeted back in October 2019, linking to a 2010 article in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany’s multicultural experiment was a failure.
Corrigan also questioned radical feminist narratives, which bothered the hall monitors in the mainstream media. She was singled out in particular over a comment that she made in response to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s statement in support of homosexual marriage during a Democratic presidential townhall.
“This sick statement by Warren, which glibly mocks a real crisis happening in our society, is exactly why women shouldn’t be in office. They will always advocate for themselves at the expense of men, and revel in it,” she tweeted back in October 2019.
In another tweet from that same month, Corrigan bashed conservative radio host Michael Knowles for sharing a picture of himself with a drag queen.
“Right wing gatekeepers have made it abundantly clear that their allegiance is to Satan and those who carry out his agenda of appalling sexual perversion over those who question the liberal status quo,” Corrigan tweeted.
It’s funny how outlets like CNN will obsess over people’s social media history, while turning a blind eye to journalists on the Left like the Washington Post’s global opinions editor Karen Attiah who recently declared that “White women are lucky that we are just calling them ‘Karen’s.’ And not calling for revenge,” in a tweet she quickly deleted.
CNN would be better served by actually reporting on the news and doing real journalism.
But that that might be too much to ask from a purveyor of Fake News like CNN which is more interested in perpetuating political correctness and distorting political developments to fit their globalist agenda.
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