As noted earlier by ADN, the small Baltic nation of Lithuania has infuriated China by allowing Taiwan to open a diplomatic post under the name ‘Taiwan,’ instead of the customary Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-kowtowing term, ‘Taipei.’ China has interpreted the move as a diplomatic insult that challenges the CCP’s ‘One-China’ principle.
In turn, the aspiring superpower of 1.4 billion people has unleashed its fury on the tiny European country and NATO member, reports the NZHerald.
The Beijing-backed newspaper and state mouthpiece, the Global Times on Tuesday called the country of 2.8 million people “crazy” and “evil” for allowing Taiwanese authorities to open a “representative office” under the name of “Taiwan” instead of “Taipei”.
In a scathing and threatening piece, the Global Times warned Lithuania would “pay the price for its evil deed of breaking international rules” and described it as a “tiny country full of geopolitical fears.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: “The Chinese people will never allow the act of flagrantly engaging in official interactions with the Taiwan authorities and even endorsing those seeking ‘Taiwan independence’ while paying lip service to the one-China principle.”
NZHerald noted that Lithuania’s foreign ministry expressed regret over Beijing’s decision. “While respecting the principle of one China, [Lithuania] is determined to develop mutually beneficial relations with Taiwan,” the ministry said in a statement.
The European Union also echoed the “regret” at Beijing’s response, which marked the first time China has recalled an envoy from a member of the bloc over a Taiwanese office.
As reported by ADN, some Lithuanian responses to the CCP bullying were more defiant. Opposition Social Democratic Party MP Dovile Sakaliene, a vocal China critic who was sanctioned by Beijing in March said:
We don’t respond well to threats. We survived a Communist regime for over half a century and we are not responding to threats from the Russian authoritarian regime. We are a Western, independent country, and we are not going to allow China or Belarus or Russia to somehow dictate that. ADN