Prague archbishop asks Xi Jinping for freedom of religion in China

By AsiaNews

Prague (AsiaNews) – During President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the Czech Republic, Mgr Dominik Jaroslav Duka, archbishop of Prague, presented the Chinese leader with a letter calling on his government to respect human rights and religious freedom.

During his visit, which ended yesterday, Xi signed a strategic partnership treaty with the Czech Republic. Some 30 business agreements were also signed that could bring about US$ 4 billion in investment this year in tourism, banking, energy and car making.

The visit has been controversial and sparked protests. Some activists threw black paint at some Chinese flags on display in Prague streets; other Chinese flags were covered with Tibetan flags.

Falun Gong practitioners and Vietnamese were also among the protesters, slamming China’s infringement on Vietnam’s territorial waters in the South China Sea.

Czech President Milos Zeman received Xi in Prague Castle with full honours. He was also criticised for sacrificing human rights for economic interests.

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