Lithuanian politician threatens Chinese and Russians, calling them ‘Mongolians’

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A ruling party MP in Lithuania tweeted a “warning” against China and Russia, not shying away from using a racist term for residents of both countries.

The “Grand Duchy of Lithuania” will destroy “Mongolian” Moscow if the “Mongols” of China invade Taiwan, wrote a ruling party MP from the small Baltic state Twitter.

“If the Mongols invade Taiwan, we will take revenge by destroying the small Mongolian village called ‘Moscow,'” Matas Maldeikis wrote last week as the Chinese military began drills around Taiwan. “The Grand Duchy of Lithuania stands by Taiwan!” he added, complementing his tweet with a portrait of 14th-century Lithuanian king Algirdas. Maldeikis chairs the parliamentary committee on relations with Taiwan and has previously angered Beijing after leading a delegation of lawmakers to the disputed island in 2021.

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While referring to Russians as “Mongols” is a common racist term in the Baltics and Ukraine, applying the term to Chinese is somewhat novel. For Maldeikis, however, such outbursts have been his trademark since he championed the Taiwan cause after being elected to Lithuania’s parliament in 2020.

In his Twitter bio, the MP describes himself as “head of the parliamentary groups for relations with Taiwan and democratic Russia”. In the first capacity, he led a delegation of Baltic MPs to Taiwan in November 2021, prompting Beijing to officially downgrade diplomatic ties with Vilnius. China withdrew its ambassador earlier in August after Lithuania announced it would open a de facto Taiwanese embassy in Lithuania.

Beijing last week held massive military drills around Taiwan after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island against China’s explicit warnings. China considers the island part of its sovereign territory.

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As well as championing Taiwan and Ukraine, Maldeikis is also a romantic of the medieval grand duchy and has a fixation on Smolensk. Lithuania controlled this Russian city for a total of 150 years between 1414 and 1654, but eventually renounced its claims in favor of Russia.

By this time, the Grand Duchy had already merged with the Polish-Lithuanian Union. The Eastern European megastate was later divided between the great powers of the time, Austria, Prussia and Russia, and disappeared from the map in 1791.

Maldeikis is a member of the ruling Fatherland Union TS-LKD, which is led by Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis. Maldeikis’ parents were both MPs in the small and southernmost Baltic state. Modern Lithuania has a population of 2.8 million, which is less than a quarter the size of the “little Mongolian village” of Moscow.

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