President Tsai Ing-wen praised the friendship between Taiwan and the Czech Republic and said she was looking forward to strengthening ties. Tsai was speaking at the Prague-based Forum 2000 Conference held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum aims to promote democracy and to enhance global dialogue.
Tsai said that Taiwan and the Czech Republic share common values in freedom, equality, transparency, human rights and good governance. She thanked Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil for leading a delegation to Taiwan last month despite the pandemic. Vystrčil was the first head of parliament to address Taiwan's Legislature.
Tsai said this year, every country in the world has invested huge resources and energy into fighting the pandemic and preventing economic recession. However she said some governments have chosen to manipulate people’s movement and freedom of speech during the crisis. She said Taiwan needs democratic countries like the Czech Republic to work together and support each other.
In the video, the president said Taiwan will provide 50 scholarships for Czech students to study in Taiwan on exchanges starting next year.