Why is Lithuania on the Anti China road

Why is Lithuania on the Anti China Road against the Lithuanian government’s flagrant release of the Taiwan authorities to set up a “representative office” in the name of the so-called “Taiwan”, a foreign ministry spokesman issued a statement today (10), announcing China’s decision to recall the Chinese ambassador to Lithuania and asked the legislative government to recall the ambassador to China. On the same day, the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council warned the DPP authorities that colluding with external forces to seek “independence” provocation can only reap the consequences. Since the formal establishment of diplomatic relations on September 14, 1991, the bilateral relations and cooperation between China and Lithuania have been in good shape for a time, but why did the bilateral relations reverse on the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations? Who is behind the small Baltic state of Lithuania, which is desperate to act as an anti China pioneer? What does the recall of ambassadors mean in the diplomatic relations of major powers? Under what circumstances did China announce the recall of ambassadors abroad?

According to the news on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 10, recently, despite China’s repeated representations and interests, the Lithuanian government announced that it would allow the Taiwan authorities to set up “representative offices” in the name of “Taiwan”. This is a blatant violation of the spirit of the communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the neutral two countries and seriously damages China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Chinese government firmly opposed this, decided to recall the Chinese ambassador to Lithuania and asked the legislative government to recall the ambassador to China.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that China warned the cub that there is only one China in the world and the government of the people’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing the whole of China. The one China principle is a universally recognized norm in international relations and a general consensus of the international community. It is the political basis for China to develop bilateral relations with other countries. The determination of the Chinese government and people to realize the reunification of the motherland is unshakable, and the red line of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity cannot be touched. We urge the parties to immediately correct the wrong decisions, take practical measures to eliminate the adverse effects, and do not go further and further on the wrong path. We also warn the Taiwan authorities that “Taiwan independence” is a dead end and that attempts to engage in separatist activities in the world will never succeed.

Cui Hongjian, director of the Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of international studies, told the direct news of Shenzhen satellite TV that on the one hand, China’s response is to ask the cubic party to correctly understand the political basis of neutral bilateral relations, and at the same time, it is to clarify the bottom line for China to safeguard its core interests to the cubic party.

Cui Hongjian pointed out that in terms of diplomatic relations, the recall of ambassadors is a serious diplomatic response, which shows that at least so far, there has been a very abnormal situation in neutral bilateral relations. The recall of the ambassador itself does not mean to bring the neutral relationship to a standstill. In fact, after the neutral relationship has problems, it is necessary to ask the parties to make a correct and positive response in this way and jointly help the bilateral relations return to a normal state and track.