Beijing, 30 December 2021 (TDI): Reportedly, in a recent letter Co-chairs and members of the Formosa Club in 25 European countries urged the European Commission and the European Council to take tangible actions to support Lithuania.
Commenting on the aforementioned action, the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian stated that China’s stance with reference to Lithuania on the Taiwan question is unambiguous.
“Lithuania blatantly violates the one-China principle. Its scheme is doomed to fail.”
He pointed out that Lithuania blatantly violated the one-China principle by standing against fundamental norms governing international relations as well as the universal agreement of the international community on the subject.
Furthermore, Zhao Lijian underscored that Lithuania will only get out of the current predicament by rectifying its erroneous mistakes and returning to the right path of adhering to the one-China principle.
“The platform of a club with “Formosa” in its name can be easily imagined. Its malicious hype-up is not even worth commenting on.”
On Formosa, he emphasized that the word itself has strong colonial undertones. The Formosa Club is a platform for cross-party European & Canadian legislators working to enhance relations with Taiwan.
Lithuania openly creates the false impression of “one China, one Taiwan” in the world, renounces the political commitment made by Lithuania in the communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. https://t.co/lqYSyL4ep3
— Hua Chunying 华春莹 (@SpokespersonCHN) November 21, 2021
He further enunciated that Lithuania has openly created the false impression of “one China, one Taiwan” in the world, and by doing so it gravely undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity along with damaging the political foundation for an ambassadorial-level diplomatic relationship.
Hence, the Chinese side, out of necessity to safeguard the one-China principle and its core interests, a basic norm governing international relations, has downgraded its diplomatic relations with Lithuania to the chargé d’affaires level.