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Huawei Warnings May Bring Chinese Retaliation, Czech Leader Says

January 11, 2019
Pro-Chinese Czech President says report puts economy at risk
Western governments debate whether company is security threat
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China is preparing a reprisal against the Czech Republic after authorities there issued warnings about Huawei Technologies Co. and risks it poses to the country’s security, President Milos Zeman said.

Czech President Milos Zeman arrives for a summit in Brussels on 25 May, 2017
President Milos Zeman

Zeman, who has named Chinese government-linked officials as advisers and tried to promote his country as a potential investment gateway to Europe for Beijing, was responding to a report from the National Cyber and Information Security Agency issued last month. The report, which advised against using Huawei and ZTE Corp. software and hardware, would undermine the Czech economy, he said.

Signage is displayed atop a ZTE Corp. building in Beijing.

Photographer: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg

“Some members” of the Czech government have information that China will take “retaliatory steps,” Zeman said late Thursday in an interview on Barrandov TV. He cited investments by Volkswagen AG’s Czech unit, Skoda Auto AS, in China and an agreement with PPF AS with Huawei about building a 5G wireless network as potential targets for reprisals.

Read more: Germany Prioritizes 5G Network Security as It Mulls Huawei Risks

Western governments are worried that Huawei’s systems could be used by Chinese intelligence to gather data. On Friday, Poland arrested a Huawei employee and a former Polish security agent and accused them of spying for China.

Germany is also weighing whether to restrict the role of Huawei in building the country’s future telecom infrastructure. Australia and New Zealand have banned Huawei equipment from participating in planned 5G networks, and the head of British MI6 said last month the government needs to decide whether to ban the company.

Zeman, whose position is largely ceremonial, said the Czech report contained no proof that would justify the warnings and that it had resulted in a “serious” threat for economic interests in China.

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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis Meets Angela Merkel In Berlin

At the same time, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said his government has no information that China is preparing sanctions against Prague because of the report, the CTK news service reported. The premier noted that the cyber security office should explain how it arrived at its conclusions.


Economic migrants use children as ‘human shields’: Czech leader

October 25, 2015


In his latest outburst the Czech president has accused wealthy economic migrants of cynically exploiting children to reach the European Union

PRAGUE (AFP) – The Czech president Sunday accused economic migrants of using children as “human shields” in their bid to reach Europe, as the continent grapples with its biggest migration crisis since World War II.President Milos Zeman has made several fiery broadsides against migrants, earning sharp criticism from the UN’s human rights chief, who this week also accused Prague of systematically detaining migrants in degrading conditions to put off others.

In his latest outburst, to the Blesk tabloid, Zeman accused wealthy economic migrants of cynically exploiting children to reach the European Union.

“They serve as human shields for guys with iPhones to justify the wave of migrants,” President Milos Zeman said in a video interview on the website of the Blesk tabloid.

“Those hiding behind the children … in my opinion, do not deserve any compassion,” added the outspoken veteran leftwinger.

“They bring the children over in rubber dingys, knowing they might drown,” said Zeman, in office since 2013 as the Czech Republic’s first-ever directly elected president.

The statements follow his earlier fiery remarks targeting refugees, including “no one invited you here.”

Zeman also recently said migrants would “respect sharia (Islamic law) instead of Czech laws” and that “unfaithful women will be stoned and thieves will have their hands cut off.”

He has lashed out at Islamic women wearing the veil saying “we’ll be deprived of women’s beauty, because they’ll be covered from head to toe.

“This would obviously be an advantage for some women, but they’re few and far between.”

On Thursday, United Nations rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, termed the Czech president’s remarks “Islamophobic”.

Hussein also sharply criticised the Czech Republic, an EU and NATO member, over poor conditions at centres where it locks up refugees, including children, detained on their way to western Europe.

Zeman on Sunday invited Hussein to come to the Czech Republic to inspect conditions at the camps.

More than 600,000 migrants and refugees, mainly fleeing violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have braved the dangerous journey to Europe so far this year, according to UN numbers.

Czech president shocks nations in expletive-filled interview — “Pushes the limits and then exceeds them.”

November 5, 2014

Czech president shocks nations in expletive-filled interview

Czech president Milos Zeman swears his way through a radio interview in English and Czech, leading to hundreds of complaints

Czech president Milos Zeman

Czech president Milos Zeman  Photo: Rex Features

The Czech president has come under attack from the country’s prime minister for his liberal use of profanities in a radio interview that shocked the nation.

The country’s media watchdog said it received hundreds of complaints following the Sunday night interview in which Milos Zeman demonstrated his knowledge of English expletives while littering his speech with Czech vulgarities.

“The president should not speak in such a way as it damages the reputation of the presidency, sets a bad example and does nothing for our reputation abroad,” said an angry Bohuslav Sobotka, the Czech prime minister.

Petr Fiala, leader of the opposition Civic Democrats, also joined in a chorus of disapproval emanating from across the political spectrum saying the president “no longer just pushes the limits: he exceeds them.”

“I can’t believe the Czech president spoke in such a way,” he added.

Much of the president’s swearing occurred when he spoke about the Russian punk group Pussy Riot. Not mincing his words, he called them “b******” and used crude terms when translating the group’s name into Czech.

He also asked the interviewer the rhetorical question: “You know what p**** means in English?”

A new civil service law also provoked some presidential swearing with Mr Zeman describing it as the Czech equivalent of “****** up”.

The country’s media standards watchdog, said it had received hundreds of complaints from shocked listeners, and that the president’s comments could have painful consequences for Czech Radio, the station that broadcast the interview.

The council’s president said Czech Radio could be liable for a fine of up to £281,000 if it was established the broadcast had put at risk “the moral development of children”.

In its defence, Czech Radio has argued as the interview was live it could not be held responsible for the president’s language.

Reacting to the outrage caused by the president’s vocabulary, a presidential spokesman said Mr Zeman was just trying to reach the same level of his opponents “who tolerate such language.”