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Czech president invited to China’s Victory celebrations

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Prague, June 17 (CTK) – Chinese Vice-Premier Liu Yandong conveyed the invitation to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in China from President Xi Jinping to Czech President Milos Zeman Wednesday, Zeman’s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek writes on Twitter.

Ovcacek writes that Zeman has accepted the invitation to the event.

Zeman visited China last autumn and he has been planning to go there again this year.

During her current visit to the Czech Republic, Liu Yandong opened a clinic of traditional Chinese medicine in Hradec Kralove, east Bohemia, earlier Wednesday. This is the first medical facility of this kind in Central and Eastern Europe.

On Tuesday, Liu Yandong attended a meeting of health ministers from China and 16 Central and Eastern European Countries.

Several Chinese-Czech cooperation agreements and memoranda were signed during her visit.

According to CTK’s previous information, Zeman will visit China in early September. The Chinese celebration will be held these days.

Zeman’s visit to China in late 2014 triggered both complimentary and critical reactions.

Zeman’s opponents said he promoted economic interests at the cost of human rights. Western politicians generally reproach China for the violation of human rights. His supporters said a breakthrough in trading between China and the Czech Republic has been made thanks to his visit.

Moreover, Zeman was sharply criticised for returning aboard a private plane of the PPF financial group of Czech billionaire Petr Kellner instead of with the government aircraft.

Zeman was similarly criticised for his participation in the Moscow celebrations of Victory, during which he met Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin will take part in the Chinese celebrations as well.

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