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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning Media Reports on Slovenian Prime Minister's Letter on China

Q: According to media reports, Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, sent a letter to leaders of other member states on 13 September, accusing that China’s actions including “expelling” the Lithuanian Ambassador from China will have an impact on overall EU-China relations, and calling on member states to show solidarity with Lithuania to not let China “threaten” any of them. Prime Minister Janša also said concrete steps will be discussed during the Informal leaders’ dinner on 5 October. What is your response?

A: I have taken note of relevant reports and express my great concern.

I would like to point out that the crux of this matter is the Lithuanian government’s violation of the One-China principle and provocations that undermine China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. China’s response to Lithuania’s wrong actions is justified and legitimate. The whole thing is clear. It has nothing to do with the size of the country.

I want to reiterate that the One-China principle is a universally recognized norm in international relations and an international consensus. It is the political basis for China to develop relations with countries and organizations, including the EU and its member states.

While repeatedly emphasizing its commitment to the One-China policy, the EU should urge member states to correct their mistakes and stop sending wrong messages on issues involving China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. China will not threaten anyone, nor will we accept anyone’s threat or allow anyone to harm China’s core interests at will.

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