Prague Pirate Party Mayor to visit Taiwan

Mayor will attend a smart cities forum: MOFA

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Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (first left) visiting a Taiwanese art exhibition.

Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (first left) visiting a Taiwanese art exhibition. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The new mayor of the Czech capital Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, will visit Taiwan later this month to look at smart healthcare, transportation and energy on the island, reports said Saturday.

Hřib, 37, a physician who was elected mayor last year as a candidate for the Pirate Party, is no stranger to Taiwan as he spent a month in 2005 as an intern at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou, New Taipei City.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Saturday he would attend the March 26-29 “smart city” seminar in Taipei, the Central News Agency reported. The visit was likely to improve contacts and exchanges on technology and general development between the two countries and the two capitals, MOFA said.

Mayor Hřib also drew attention earlier by proposing to scrap a “One China” clause in a sister city agreement between Prague and Beijing. Exchanges between cities should not be hampered by political preconditions, MOFA reportedly said, adding that each side should respect the eventual decision by the Prague City Council on the issue.