BEIJING — Czech Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil will “pay a heavy price” for making an official trip to Taiwan, the Chinese government’s top diplomat said on Monday, in a warning brushed off by Vystrcil who said he was not seeking political confrontation.
Vystrcil arrived in Taipei on Sunday on a visit to promote business links with Taiwan, saying the Czech Republic would not bow to Beijing’s objections. China considers Taiwan a breakaway province ineligible for state-to-state relations.
Speaking while in Germany, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said there would be retribution.
“The Chinese government and Chinese people won’t take a laissez-faire attitude or sit idly by, an…