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Comments by the Office of the Chargé d'Affaires of the People's Republic of China in Lithuania on a Question Concerning China-related Content of Lithuania's "Indo-Pacific Strategy"
2023-07-17 22:33

Q: On July 5, the Lithuanian government released its "Indo-Pacific Strategy," which states that China's increasingly aggressive foreign policy poses a serious challenge to the "rules-based international order" and "democratic societies"; the status quo in the Taiwan Strait cannot be altered by military or coercive means; China's international disputes and military actions in the East China Sea and South China Sea have increased regional tensions. Challenges; the status quo in the Taiwan Strait can not be changed through military or coercive means, to draw a "red line" for the status quo in the Taiwan Strait; China's international disputes and military actions in the East and South China Seas heighten regional security tensions and so on. In addition, the government is committed to strengthening NATO's partnership with Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. What are China's comments?

A: The China-related content of Lithuania's "Indo-Pacific Strategy" is full of Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice. It slanders China's domestic and foreign policies, exaggerates and hypes the "China Challenge", grossly interferes in China's internal affairs, and seriously violates international law and the basic norms of international relations. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this.

Firstly, as the only country in the world that has enshrined the phrase "adhering to the path of peaceful development" in its constitution, China has always been a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of international order. On the issue of peace and security, China is the best-recorded major country that has never invaded another country, never engaged in proxy wars, never conducted military operations around the globe, never threatened other countries by force, never exported its ideology and never interfered in the internal affairs of other countries. China's continuous development and growth has brought the world a great opportunity for peaceful development, rather than "serious challenges" as Lithuania believes. A small group of paranoid people in Lithuania are going against the trend and deliberately discrediting China. This cannot change the basic facts, nor can it change the positive view of China from the international community.

Secondly, the Taiwan Question is China's internal affair, which concerns China's core interests and cannot be interfered by anyone. The support and connivance of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities by a small number of countries headed by the United States is the biggest threat to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. To maintain the stability of the situation across the Taiwan Strait and regional peace and tranquility, we must clearly adhere to the one-China principle and oppose "Taiwan independence" separatist activities. The Lithuanian government claims to adhere to the one-China policy, but in fact keeps close official contacts with the Taiwan authorities. It not only violates its political commitment, but also seriously violates international law and basic norms of international relations. It is an extremely irresponsible act.

Thirdly, China's position on the South China Sea and the East China Sea is consistent and clear. China is unswervingly determined to safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests. At the same time, it is willing to continue to properly handle differences with relevant countries through consultation and negotiation. At present, with the joint efforts of countries in the region, the situation in the East China Sea and South China Sea remains generally stable and developing for the better. No matter what pretext any foreign forces, including Lithuania, use to intervene in the East China Sea and South China Sea, it will only bring unnecessary disturbance to the peace and tranquility of the Asia-Pacific region, and it is not in the interests of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Fourthly, The outdated Cold War script must never be repeated in the Asia-Pacific, and the ongoing war in Europe should not be repeated in the Asia-Pacific. Lithuania's "Indo-Pacific strategy" is committed to strengthening NATO's partnership with Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea. It not only exposes Lithuania's active cooperation with the US strategic goal of encircling China, but also exposes the sinister nature of NATO's attempt to meddle in the affairs of the Asia-Pacific region and provoke confrontation Carefully. The Chinese side urges Lithuania to clearly understand the trend of the times and the international trend, abandon the Cold War mentality, and stop engaging in political manipulation and interference in China's internal affairs on China-related issues, otherwise it will certainly be hit back forcefully by the Chinese side and will not come to a good end.

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