Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) said Wednesday that thanks to friends like Czechia, Taiwan has been able to play a role in the international community despite constant suppression by its giant neighbor.
Addressing a delegation from the Czech Chamber of Deputies, Su said Czech parliamentarians have spoken up for Taiwan in many international organizations such as the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
He expressed special thanks to the leader of the delegation Jan Bartosek, who is deputy speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, and to chairman of the Chamber’s Foreign Affairs Committee Karel Schwarzenberg, a former foreign minister who helped Taiwanese travelers gain easier access to many European countries through the Schengen Agreement.
In the meeting with Su, Bartosek compared Taiwan’s status vis-a-vis China to a David versus Goliath standoff and said that Taiwanese, through their democratic system, can elect officials at all levels of government.
“The people-centered democratic system is something the Taiwanese can be proud of,” Bartosek said. He said that no matter which party wins the Czech parliamentary elections in the future, the parliamentary friendship between the two countries will not change.
“Our countries share such universal values as freedom and democracy,” he told his Taiwanese hosts, including Democratic Progressive Party Legislators Hsu Chih-chieh, Chiu Chih-wei and Chung Chia-pin.
Bartosek said he expected the bilateral parliamentary and civilian exchanges to increase in the coming years and expressed optimism about the joint efforts of the two counties to make their democracies better serve the people.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel