Lithuania Reaffirms Relationship with Taiwan Despite Pressure from China 立陶宛外交部重申 與台灣發展互惠關係

China recalls its ambassador to Lithuania over Taiwan's plans to set up a representative office in Lithuania. In response, Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirms its intention to establish relations with Taiwan. The US, meanwhile, chimed in to denounce China and welcome countries to create constructive ties with Taiwan.


The Lithuanian government's declaration that it will allow the Taiwan authorities to establish a so-called representative office under the name of Taiwan gravely harms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, and China firmly opposes this decision and has decided to recall China's ambassador to Lithuania.

On Aug. 10, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it is recalling China's ambassador to Lithuania over Taiwan's plans to set up a "Taiwan representative office" in Lithuania. It also requested that Lithuania recall its ambassador to China. 

In response, Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it regrets this statement and reiterated its determination to jointly develop a mutually beneficial relationship with Taiwan. Members of the Lithuanian parliament tweeted hearts and said they don't feel sorry whatsoever for the decision. Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said they will stand firm against pressure from China.

Ned Price, US Department of State Spokesperson:” We do stand in solidarity with our NATO ally Lithuania and we condemn the PRC's recent retaliatory actions. We support our European partners and our allies as they develop mutually beneficial relations with Taiwan and resist the PRC's coercive behavior.”

The Department of State of the US denounced China's coercive behavior and said it encourages other countries to allow Taiwan to set up representative offices. Meanwhile, the European Union says it does not believe Lithuania's behavior has breached the one-China policy and the EU will closely monitor the development.

Voice of Joanne Ou, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson:” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is already aware that China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the recalling of their ambassador in Lithuania and asked the Lithuanian government to recall their ambassador in China and will closely follow the development of the situation. “

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Lithuania's determination to defend the concepts of national dignity and freedom is admirable. It added that the two sides have shares principles and will continue to strengthen the relationship in all areas. Lithuania recently donated vaccines to Taiwan, and has plans to set up an office in Taiwan in the fall.

 

 

 

中國央視報導:「針對立陶宛政府宣布允許台灣當局以台灣名義設立所謂代表處,嚴重損害中國主權和領土完整。中方堅決反對決定召回中國駐立陶宛大使。」

中國外交部10號宣布召回駐立陶宛大使,就是不滿台灣將在當地設置"台灣代表處",更要立陶宛也召回駐中國大使,引發外交震盪,不過立陶宛外交部對此僅回應遺憾,並重申立陶宛與台灣發展互惠關係的決心,立陶宛國會議員更在推特打上愛心,表示不會因為讓台灣在立陶宛設處感到抱歉,

外長藍斯柏吉斯透露正在思考下一步,但將維持政策,挺住中國壓力。

美國國務院發言人普萊斯:「我們確實與我們的北約盟友立陶宛站在一起,我們譴責中華人民共和國最近的報復行動,我們支持我們的歐洲夥伴和我們的盟友,與台灣發展互利關係並抵制中國的脅迫行為。」

美國也譴責中國施壓行為,國務院更表示支持其他國家在當地設置台灣代表處,歐盟發言人也回應不認為在台灣設處或是台灣到歐洲設處,是一件違反「一個中國政策」的舉動,並將密切關注事件如何發展。

外交部發言人歐江安:「外交部我們已經注意到有關於中國外交部宣布召回他們立陶宛的駐使,並且要求立陶宛政府要召回其駐中國的大使。未來我方會密切注意後續相關的發展。」

外交部指出,立陶宛捍衛國家尊嚴與自由理念的堅定意志令人敬佩。立陶宛是台灣理念相近的友好夥伴,雙方持續不斷加強各領域的交流,而立陶宛近來除了捐贈我方疫苗,也打算秋天來台設置辦事處,一切都在進行當中。

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