Final Word from Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Accepting the one-China policy was, and is, our biggest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century, yet no one is seriously trying to reverse it. It's written in stone. The opening up of Red China beginning in the 1970s is still considered a phenomenal diplomatic success, and the one-China policy is an integral part of it. As we wrote late last year, Czechs never really made a democratic decision about dumping Taiwan and adopting a policy that favors the Communists on the mainland. Czechs did it almost by default. Now, according to Senate Vice Pres. Milan Štěch, the behavior of the Chinese ambassador unfortunately almost forces Senate Pres. Miloš Vystrčil to travel to Taiwan. This would be a direct violation of the one-China policy. Undermining the policy, instead of trying to reverse it, will make this an even bigger geopolitical tragedy than it already is. Which is presumably exactly what the politicians, journalists, foreign diplomats and intelligence operatives egging on Vystrčil want. [ Czech Republic ČSSD ODS Zhang Jianmin Amb. ]

Glossary of difficult words

to be written/engraved/set in stone - to be fixed and unchangeable;

to dump - to abandon or desert (someone);

to egg on someone - to encourage someone to do something foolish or risky.

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