Taipei, Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil said during a meeting with Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Wednesday that his current visit to Taiwan is aimed at connecting the two countries.
Taiwan and the Czech Republic share the values of freedom and democracy, he said, expressing hope that the two countries can further expand their cooperation in the fields of economy, technology and innovation in a way that creates mutual benefits for both sides, Vystrčil said.
Meanwhile, Su for his part noted the Czech Senate’s approval of a double taxation agreement signed by the two sides that will come into effect from 2021.
Su said he believes the agreement will encourage more Taiwanese businesses to invest in the central European country, where Taiwan companies have invested over US$1 billion.
After meeting Su, Vystrčil and 17 members from the delegation he is leading visited the Ministry of Science and Technology, where they were received by Minister Wu Tsung-Tsong (吳政忠) for a 30-minute discussion.
According to Wu’s deputy, Shieh Dar-bin (謝達斌), the two countries already have agreements in place for joint projects involving atmospheric physics, artificial intelligence, precision machinery and precision manufacturing.
In addition to those areas, talks between Wu and the Czech delegation on Wednesday covered biomedicine, aviation and aerodynamic technologies, and green energy, while the Czech visitors expressed interest in Taiwan’s development of technologies in the agriculture sector, Shieh said.
The majority of the 89-member delegation, including Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, then visited the National Palace Museum after it had closed to the public.
Hřib, who stayed in Taiwan for two months in 2003 as an exchange medical student, told CNA that this was his third visit to the museum. “Hoping to learn more about the history of the Chinese culture” this time, he said, and he believes his colleagues will like the tour.
As the delegation is traveling in a protective bubble to minimize contact with the public in Taiwan amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum said it will conduct a thorough sanitization of the premises after the visit and an evening banquet held for the Czech visitors in the museum, and be ready to reopen on Thursday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel