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KMT wants to remove ‘Taiwan’ from Taipei-Prague sister city agreement

Taipei City Mayor Ko to visit Prague next January

Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (left) with Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je last March.

Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (left) with Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je last March. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A sister city agreement between the Czech capital of Prague and Taipei stalled Friday (November 8) because a Kuomintang (KMT) party member at the Taipei City Council wanted the name "Taiwan" scrapped from the text.

Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib visited Taipei last March, during which he discussed the possibility of an accord with Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).

On Friday, the city government filed the document with the city council for review, but it was the English version that was met with criticism.

When KMT councilor Wang Hao (王浩) saw the phrase “The City of Taipei, Taiwan,” he demanded that Taiwan be changed to “R.O.C.,” CNA reported. An independent councilor suggested dropping the country's name altogether, while a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) noted that the agreement had already been approved by Prague’s city council and would have to be sent back if any changes were made in Taipei.

In the end, the city council decided to put the issue aside while the city government compared the text with previous sister city agreements.

The document also needs to gain the approval of the Cabinet. Mayor Ko is planning a trip to central Europe next January that will include a visit to Prague, according to CNA. The mayor reportedly urged caution to avoid interference from China.