China’s foreign ministry attacked Lithuania following the Vilnius opening of Taiwan Representative Office. Beijing says that it violates the One China Policy.
Beijing was disappointed that Lithuania had proceeded to grant Taiwan permission to open its ‘representative office’ in Vilnius despite “China’s strong opposition and repeated persuasion,”At a Friday press conference, Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said that Zhao Lijian was speaking on behalf of China. The previous day, Taiwan opened Vilnius’ mission.
Zhao called the move a violation of the One China principle, which he said is undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, while grossly interfering in its internal affairs. The spokesman reminded Lithuania that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory and the Beijing government has sole legal authority.
You can wait to see what China does. You will see the Lithuanian side reap what you sow.
In “stern warning”According to Taiwanese authorities Zhao added: “seeking ‘Taiwan independence’ by soliciting foreign support is a totally misguided attempt that is doomed to fail.”
The diplomatic post in Lithuania was named “The Lithuanian Embassy” by the government on August 8. “Taiwan Representative Office,” angering China. Taiwan’s diplomatic branches – in countries that have de facto relations with the island’s authorities – are normally called “Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices.”
China requested that Lithuania recall its Chinese ambassador. This was done. The Chinese ambassador to China was then withdrawn from the Baltic states by Beijing.
Chinese officials have repeatedly called on Western nations, notably the UK and US, to stop interfering in Beijing’s internal affairs, stressing that they consider Taiwan to be part of China.
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