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Shanghai severs ties with Prague after disagreement over Taiwan

A woman holds a Taiwanese flag, as pictured in November 2018 during a mayoral election in Taipei. (LightRocket/Getty/Kyodo)

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- The Shanghai city government said Tuesday it will terminate its sister-city relationship with the city of Prague, to take effect immediately, after the Czech capital signed a partnership agreement with Taiwan's capital city of Taipei the day before.

    Shanghai said in a statement that Prague's government has made repeated mistakes involving core Chinese interests, such as Taiwan, and in doing so, has "grossly interfered in China's internal affairs and openly challenged the one-China principle."

    Since "the political premise and basis" for exchange no longer exists, "Shanghai will immediately terminate its friendship with Prague and suspend all official exchanges," the statement added while urging Prague to correct its mistakes.

    Prague's mayor Zdenek Hrib condemned China as an "unreliable partner" on Sunday, a day before signing the sister-city agreement with Taipei.

    Prague canceled a similar agreement with Beijing in October after the Chinese side insisted on including a clause that states Prague supports the one-China principle, which refers to Beijing's position that Taiwan is a part of China, to be reunified someday.

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