Prague - The opening of a direct air line Prague - Shanghai is no problem and it does not harm anybody, but political celebration of the step is questionable, Petr Pesek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
The Czech government faces the same dilemma as the governments of other Western countries: how to deal with China, which is still officially communist, reserved about humanistic ideas and is getting stronger and less predictable? Pesek asks.
There is no need for defeatism on the issue of Tibet, Pesek says, referring to the Czech government´s official statement that it will not challenge China´s territorial integrity in any way.
Czechs should neither avoid China nor humiliate themselves in relation to it, Pesek writes.
The present Czech anti-gambling revolution is emotional rather than reasonable and considering all pros and cons, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
This is not surprising as there was a long period of casinos devastating whole communities and the Czech Finance Ministry that was to supervise them seeming to be one of the offices of the gambling lobby, Honzejk writes.
A prohibitionist attitude does not work well because if the demand cannot be satisfied legally, the black market starts to flourish, Honzejk writes.
The measures adopted should try to make gambling a game rather than a means of personal devastation in the Czech Republic, he writes.
Russia stopped imports of various food for political reasons already in the past, for example from Poland, but the Poles used to send their trucks with food to Lithuania, from where they went to Russia, Vladimir Divis writes in Pravo in relation to Moscow´s 12-month ban on EU food imports.
This variant is not possible now because all three Baltic states are part of the European Union, Divis writes.
However, the food could get to Russia via Belarus, he writes.
Divis notes that Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko offered Ukraine that it can sell oil and oil products to it.
It is noteworthy that Russian agriculture cannot secure enough food for the country in the 21st century, though the country is large and has good climate and land, Divis writes.
Due to the ban on imports, Russia may start importing food from countries other than the EU and North America, Divis writes.