Final Word from Tuesday, January 31, 2023

A top U.S. air force general predicted in a leaked memo last week that his country and China will go to war over Taiwan in 2025. Czech Pres.-elect Petr Pavel helped the escalation along in his own small way yesterday by speaking on the telephone with Taiwanese Pres. Tsai Ing-wen, which was an almost unheard-of event for a top representative of the executive branch of a Western government (as opposed to the legislative branch). When Donald Trump did it in 2016, it caused a scandal. Neither Trump nor Pavel were yet president when they spoke with her, though, which is important from a diplomatic point of view. Pavel, who is still a private citizen under Czech law, told Czech Radio on Sun. (at 20:10) that he wouldn't want to cause more damage than good by visiting Taiwan as president. Yesterday he said that he expressed the hope to madam president that he'll have the opportunity to meet her in person in the future. That's sufficiently vague that it keeps the escalation to a "civil" level for now. [ Czech Republic president-elect United States ]

Glossary of difficult words

civil - Petr Pavel said that he wants to be a "civil" president in terms of relating to ordinary citizens and not exaggerating the ceremonial aspects.


Tel: 420 224 221 580

Published by

E.S. Best s.r.o.
Ovenecká 78/33
170 00 Prague 7
Czech Republic



FS Final Word