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Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Czech Republic President Milos Zeman shake hands in Prague in March 2016. For years, the Czech Republic kept its distance from Beijing. But this changed when Zeman, a populist, took office in 2013. Petr David Josek/AP hide caption

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Czech-Chinese Ties Strained As Prague Stands Up To Beijing

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Czech President Milos Zeman (back row, second from left) looks on with glee Thursday as firefighters burn a large piece of red textile representing the red underwear his political opponents have used to mock him. Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, seen here in 2015, ruled Thursday that psychological tests of sexual orientation may not be used to rule on asylum applications. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption

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Potato Research Institute geneticist Jaroslava Domkářová says that while potatoes are a staple crop in the Czech Republic, the recent blue "specialty varieties" are harder to market. Morgan Childs for NPR hide caption

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Europe's top court has dismissed a legal action by Hungary and Slovakia, which challenged a system that required them to take in refugees. Above, migrants wait to be rescued by a ship in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast last month. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Norm Eisen, the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic, poses at his official residence in Prague in October 2013. Eisen's mother was born and raised in what was Czechoslovakia and was sent by the Nazis to the Auschwitz concentration camp, which she survived. Filip Singer/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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A picture of former Czech President Vaclav Havel lay among candles and floral tributes as people gathered in Prague on Thursday to honor him. Odd Andersen /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A short clip of music from Vaclav Havel's funeral

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