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Beijing promises resolute countermeasures to Lithuanian delegation’s trip to Taiwan

China has denounced a Lithuanian official’s visit to Taiwan and promised a resolute response to the move, which it describes as an affront to the “One China” principle, according to a statement from a Chinese ministry spokesperson. of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.

Last week, the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry announced that Lithuanian Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Agne Vaiciukeviciute had arrived on the self-governing island with an 11-person delegation for what is expected to be a five-day visit. .

The visit comes shortly after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island on August 2, a move that sparked a fierce backlash from Beijing but was nonetheless celebrated by the Vilnius government.

“China strongly condemns the Lithuanian anti-China forces for their willful violation of China’s sovereignty and gross interference in China’s internal affairs,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a daily press briefing.

He also pointed out that Beijing regards the “One China” principle as “one of the basic norms of international relations and the political foundation for China to develop bilateral relations with other countries, including Lithuania.”

Wang insisted that under the conditions of establishing diplomatic relations between China and Lithuania, Vilnius is obliged to recognize Beijing as the sole legal government of China and Taiwan, which means that Vilnius cannot establish official relations or engage in official contacts with Taipei.

The Chinese official said the Lithuanian official’s visit to Taiwan was “a flagrant breach of faith” and promised that Beijing will issue a harsh response to the “vicious provocation”.

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

As the state-run Global Times reported, Beijing’s response will likely be about trade and trade restrictions, as diplomatic relations between China and Lithuania are already at an all-time low.

In 2021, China downgraded diplomatic ties with Lithuania to the level of chargé d’affaires, expressing solemn protest to the Baltic country after Taiwan opened a so-called representative office in Lithuania, which Beijing interpreted as an embassy. de facto.

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