China calls on Lithuania to stop undermining the political basis of bilateral cooperation between the two countries and to correct its mistakes regarding its position on Taiwan. This was stated at a briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.
Earlier, on August 7, a delegation from Lithuania headed by Deputy Minister for Transport Agne Vaitsukyavich visited Taiwan. In response, China imposed sanctions against Lithuania and stopped all cooperation with the country in the transport sector. In response, Lithuania handed a note of protest to China’s charge d’affaires in Lithuania, Qu Baihua.
“A high-ranking official of the Lithuanian government, by making an unannounced visit to Taiwan, clearly violated the political commitments made by Vilnius regarding adherence to the One China principle, and also violated the general consensus of the international community and the basic norms of international relations,” Mr. Wang said during a briefing. (quote from RIA Novosti).
He called the Chinese sanctions against Lithuania “reasonable, legal and reasonable.” “We call on Vilnius to distinguish right from wrong, immediately correct its mistakes and not again undermine the political basis of China-Lithuania bilateral cooperation,” he said.
In November 2021, the representative office of Taiwan opened in Lithuania. The Chinese authorities felt that the move violated the “one China” policy. According to it, by establishing diplomatic relations with China or the Republic of China, the country automatically breaks off relations with the other side and denounces all acts of its recognition. Lithuania accepted this principle by opening a Chinese embassy in 1991.
At the end of November 2021, the Chinese authorities recalled their ambassador from Lithuania. In response, Lithuanian diplomats left the embassy in Beijing. In December of the same year, China banned the import of goods from Lithuania.