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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the Joint Statement on Lithuania's Relations with Taiwan by Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees of European and US Parliaments

Q: On 27 August, Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees of 13 European and US Parliaments issued a joint statement, welcoming Lithuania’s intention to develop “economic relations” with Taiwan, criticizing China’s aggressive behavior and its political, diplomatic and economic pressure on Lithuania, calling on their governments, the EU and other allies to extend full support to Lithuania. What is your comment?

A:As a widely recognized norm in international relations, the One-China principle is an international consensus and the political foundation for China to develop bilateral relations with countries and organizations including the EU and its member states. The Lithuanian Government’s decision to allow the Taiwan authorities to open a “representative office” under the name of “Taiwan” is a flagrant violation of the spirit of the communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lithuania. It also severely undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Chinese Government firmly opposes this move.

China’s firm and necessary response to Lithuania’s actions that undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is fully reasonable and legitimate. Some people try to downplay Lithuania’s wrong acts as developing economic relations with Taiwan while accusing China’s legitimate response to safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity as aggressive actions and interference in Lithuania’s internal affairs. Without any logic behind, such accusation intends to turn black into white and violates basic norms in international relations.

I would like to reiterate that the Chinese people are determined in realizing national reunification. The red line of China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity shall not be crossed. We urge the EU and those concerned to maintain a correct position on Taiwan-related issues, uphold international fairness and justice and refrain from sending wrong signals on issues involving China’s core interests and creating new problems for China-EU relations.

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