Dancing with the Chinese

Unnamed members of the Czech intelligence community are reportedly concerned about

the nomination of Dep. Interior Min. Jakub Kulhánek as foreign minister, because he was

an outside adviser to CEFC Europe of China. Kulhánek has a top-level security clearance,

but that means little when the real issue is money and politics, not the security of the

country. Where were these anonymous intelligence experts in June 2016, when then-PM

Bohuslav Sobotka was preparing to sign a secret memorandum in Beijing between ČSSD

and the Chinese Communist Party, and his best friend and close adviser, lawyer Radek

Pokorný, was working for CEFC? The agreement was scrapped when it was leaked to us,

but it would have committed Sobotka to helping China improve its relations with the EU.

By all means, let the vetters check up on Kulhánek again, but they should also take a close

look at those who are leading the attack against him. They pose a far bigger security risk.

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