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    The government of the Czech Republic has freed itself from the US and EU pressure and is ready to restart relations with China, Czech President Milos Zeman said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Prague on a two-day visit to hold a meeting with Zeman, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Mayor of Prague Adriana Krnacova. This marks the first Chinese leader's visit to the Czech Republic in almost 70 years.

    "This is restart because there was bad relationship between China and former government of the Czech Republic, former government, I stress. Because this government was very submissive to the pressure from the United States and from the European Union. Now we are again an independent country and we formulate our foreign policy, which is based on our own interests, national interests," Zeman told the Chinese CCTV.

    The year 2016 marks the 67th anniversary since the establishment of Chinese-Czech diplomatic ties.


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