Amid ongoing tensions with Beijing over Taipei, US lawmakers on Friday passed a resolution supporting Lithuania’s efforts to strengthen its ties with Taiwan.
“Two leading US senators have tabled a resolution to support Lithuania’s efforts to strengthen its ties with Taiwan at a time when China has stepped up pressure on the Baltic state for insulting Taipei in a way that offends Beijing,” it said. Focus Taiwan.
US Republican Senator Jim Risch, also a leading member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, jointly proposed the resolution.
“On July 20, 2021, the government of Lithuania announced the opening of a Taiwanese representation in the capital Vilnius. Since that bold decision, Lithuania has faced unacceptable economic retaliation from China,” Focus Taiwan quoted Risch as saying in a statement. .
“This resolution sends the message that when our friends stand up to slander Chinese influence, the United States will support them. I applaud the Lithuanian government for refusing to let its foreign policy be dictated by outside powers, and I support all nations in strengthening relations with Taiwan,” Risch added.
In late September, the Lithuanian parliament passed a legal review giving the green light for the country to open a representative office in countries like Taiwan with which the Baltic state does not maintain formal diplomatic relations, Focus Taiwan reported.
In addition, Taipei has also announced a plan to open a representative office in Vilnius that will bear the word “Taiwanese” in its name.
Beijing, which considers Taiwan and mainland China to be part of one country, strongly objects to Taiwan being treated as a separate nation, even in name, as it sees such actions as a violation of its “one China principle” and possibly his hopes of unification with Taiwan one day.
Beijing has tried to impose a political price on the Baltic state for its decision to allow the use of “Taiwanese” in the name of the Taiwanese office, and sees such moves as an encouragement to Taipei to pursue formal independence. It has blocked some exports from Lithuania from entering China and has recalled its ambassador from the country, Focus Taiwan reported.
The resolution proposed by the two US lawmakers is Washington’s latest effort to bolster Lithuania’s ties with Taiwan.
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