Friday, September 17, 2021

International lawmakers call for solidarity with Lithuania, Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Many members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), a multinational network of lawmakers concerned about Communist China’s disregard for the rule of law and universal human rights, are calling for international solidarity with Lithuania and Taiwan. Those who are are facing coercion.

The regime in Beijing has chosen a fight with Lithuania, which in July agreed to allow Taiwan to open a representative office in the Baltic nation known as “Taiwan”. Since then, the communist regime has withdrawn its ambassador to Vilnius, forcing Lithuania to recall its ambassador to China, and level of threat against the Baltic nation.

Additionally, Beijing has decided to punish Lithuania financially. Mantas Staskeviius, director of Lithuania’s State Food and Veterinary Service, told The Baltic Times late last month that China has stopped approving new export permits for some Lithuanian businesses. State-owned Lithuanian Railways told Newsweek that several freight trains from China to the Baltic nation would be suspended until the middle of this month.

China’s ruling Communist Party of China (CCP) sees Taiwan as a part of its territory and criticizes governments and international organizations for any action that it considers Taiwan’s de facto independent country. Considers as suggesting.

“By threatening Lithuania, Beijing hopes to send a warning to democracies around the world,” Irish Senator Malcolm Byrne said in a video released by IPAC. A total of 15 IPAC members spoke in the video.

Reinhard Butikofer, a member of the European Parliament representing Germany and chairman of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with China, said: “If Lithuania is punished by Beijing, its democratic allies around the world are ready to assist. needed.”

“Taiwan has an important role in the international community, and all states have the right to establish relations with Taiwan,” said Shiori Yamao, a member of Japan’s House of Representatives.

André Gatolin, vice-chairman of the French Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and the Armed Forces, said: “We appreciate the courage of the Lithuanian and Taiwanese people and call on democratic states everywhere to take a united stand against Beijing’s coercive diplomacy. invoke.”

In response to IPAC’s appeal, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Twitter To say it appreciates the “passionate support” voiced by IPAC members.

“The voices of the free world sound loud and clear!” Ministry said.

Hsiao Bi-Khim, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the United States, also Twitter To thank the IPAC members for “standing with Lithuania and Taiwan against China’s intimidation and coercion”.

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Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu speaks about the exchange of representative offices with Lithuania during a press briefing in Taipei, Taiwan on July 20, 2021. (Taiwan Foreign Ministry via AP Video/AP)

This is the second international appeal for solidarity with Lithuania and Taiwan. In late August, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (DNJ), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and his counterparts in more than 10 countries and the European Parliament issued a letter. open letter Support for Lithuania to “maintain the current course while rejecting aggressive Chinese behaviour”.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman both voiced support for the Baltic nation with Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis in August.

On September 10, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Michael J. Murphy met the Landsbergis in Vilnius. According to a statement from Lithuania’s foreign ministry, the two sides discussed opportunities to deepen bilateral economic ties.

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The name of Taiwan’s representative office in the United States – currently called the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) – has also attracted attention recently. On September 11, the Financial Times reported that the Biden administration was considering renaming the Taiwan mission to “Taiwan Representative Office”, citing unnamed sources.

The United States is not currently a formal diplomatic ally of Taiwan; Washington changed its diplomatic recognition in 1979 in favor of Beijing. Since then, the United States has maintained a non-diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, based on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA).

China’s state media Global Times published a heated editorial on 12 September. If the name change happened as the Financial Times report suggested, the outlet said Beijing would impose “severe economic sanctions” on Taiwan and an “economic blockade”. “On the island.

The editorial also said that China would fly military jets over Taiwan and “keep the island’s airspace within the patrol zone” of the Chinese military.

On 10 September Taiwan’s Ministry of National Affairs spokeswoman Joan O told local media she had no comment on the Financial Times report.

“Comprehensively strengthening and enhancing Taiwan-US relations has always been the goal of our government’s long-term efforts,” she said.

frank fango

Frank Fang is a Taiwanese journalist. He covers news in China and Taiwan. He holds a master’s degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.


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