China issues a warning to an EU country

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Regarding the visit to Taiwan by a Lithuanian group, Beijing pledges stern retaliation

According to a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday, China has protested the travel of a Lithuanian official to Taiwan and promised a forceful response to the action, which it views as an insult to the “One China” concept.

Agne Vaiciukeviciute, the deputy minister of transport and communications for Lithuania, and an 11-person team are slated to be on the self-governing island for five days, according to a report last week from Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The trip was made shortly after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island on August 2. Beijing reacted angrily to Pelosi’s visit, while Vilnius’s administration applauded it.

Wang Wenbin, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, stated during a regular press conference that “China firmly condemns the Lithuanian anti-China forces for their willful breach of China’s sovereignty and excessive interference in China’s domestic affairs.”

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The ‘One China’ policy is viewed by Beijing as “one of the core rules of international relations” and as the “political underpinning for China to build bilateral ties with other nations, including Lithuania,” he added.

Wang maintained that Vilnius must acknowledge Beijing as the sole legitimate government of China and Taiwan under the terms of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Lithuania. As a result, Vilnius cannot engage in formal interactions or communications with Taipei.

The Chinese official said the Lithuanian official’s visit to Taiwan was “a blatant breach of faith,” and vowed that Beijing will issue a stern response to the “vicious provocation.”

“We urge the relevant people on the Lithuanian side not to continue serving as pawns of ‘Taiwan independence’ and anti-China forces, and stop heading further down the wrong path,” Wang warned.

As reported by the state-run Global Times, Beijing’s response will likely have to do with commerce and trade restrictions as diplomatic relations between China and Lithuania are already at a low point.

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After Taiwan built a purported representative office in Lithuania in 2021, which Beijing regarded as a de facto embassy, China downgraded its diplomatic connections with the Baltic nation to the level of charge d’affaires. Beijing made this move in a show of grave protest to Lithuania.

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