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EU lawmakers back Lithuania amid tensions with China


Members from the European Parliament expanded support for Lithuania on Friday after its decision to enhance ties with Taiwan despite threats from China, reported Focus Taiwan. More than 60 members from the European Parliament voiced their help for Lithuania through an open letter.

Members from the European Parliament including Petras Austrevicius from Lithuania, Reinhard Butikofer from Germany, and members from 20 nations and five different political groups expressed their fortitude with the Baltic state of Lithuania and Taiwan by starting an open letter, at a time of growing threats from China, reported Focus Taiwan “The EU must continue to emphasize the right of all its Member States to conduct their economic, cultural and diplomatic relations with Taiwan as they see fit, and to do so free from threats and intimidation by the Chinese government. Taiwan has a vital role to play in the international community,” the letter read.

In July, Lithuania declared it would open a representative office in Taiwan just after Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said Taipei will open a representative office and name it “The Taiwanese representative office in Lithuania,” in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.

earlier in August, Lithuania’s vice foreign minister Mantas Adomenas said in a meeting with CNA that his nation will open the workplace before the current year’s over and send a vice minister-level official from its foreign ministry or economics ministry to the opening ceremony.

In the open letter, these European administrators urged the European Union and its member states to take a solid position against coercive diplomatic threats from China.

The European lawmakers also called for the EU to take an effective anti-economic-coercion measure against China as soon as possible.

“With this letter, we want to assure our Lithuanian friends that we will not stop to work for broad EU solidarity vice versa the Chinese government’s punitive measures against them. Europe must stand united and defend our shared values,” Butikofer said in a statement.

On Wednesday, the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee passed a report titled ‘EU-Taiwan Relations and Cooperation’ and related amendments to enhance the ties between the EU and Taiwan.


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