GT exclusive: Chinese diplomat urges new German government not to play ‘Taiwan card’ as Lithuania aims to hold EU hostage


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Chinese diplomat in Germany urged new German government to play an active role in the EU, abide by the one-China principle and not play the “Taiwan card” or send false signals to the forces secessionists of “Taiwan independence”, as Lithuania wants. to hold the EU’s position on the Taiwan question hostage with allegations of “economic coercion”.

Wang Weidong, minister and head of the economic and trade department of the Chinese embassy in Germany, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview that China has strictly followed WTO rules, criticizing the claims of some Western media according to which China has decided to suspend customs clearance of Lithuanian goods and reject import requests as “completely unfounded”.

Wang sternly warned against Lithuania’s “microphone diplomacy” and reckless media hype against Beijing’s so-called “economic coercion” against the EU. The comment comes as the country begins to feel the weight of its error on the Taiwan issue.

“Playing the trick of ‘microphone diplomacy’ is not the right way and will not work. The Lithuanian side must look for internal reasons if cooperation between the two countries runs into difficulties. It must admit the wrongdoing and take action. measures to remedy it, in order to create an environment conducive to bilateral economic and trade cooperation, ”Wang said.

Wang Weidong, Minister and Head of the Economic and Commercial Department of the Chinese Embassy in Germany Photo: Courtesy of Wang Weidong

Wang Weidong, Minister and Head of the Economic and Commercial Department of the Chinese Embassy in Germany Photo: Courtesy of Wang Weidong

The remarks came after the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce wrote a letter to the Lithuanian government, warning that while the Lithuanian authorities had not provided specific solutions to resolve the disputes and improve relations with China, the affiliated companies to the chamber would close their factories in Lithuania. , and such behavior would potentially impact German companies in several sectors, including lasers and auto parts with factories in Lithuania.

The chamber, which represents many German companies abroad, said German companies pay close attention to developments and disputes between China and Lithuania.

Asked about the reaction of the German business community, Wang said that “if some German companies’ exports to China encountered technological obstacles, they could report such problems to China through existing channels. Two-way communication channels are fully open and fluid.

Regardless of China’s solemn protests and negotiations, Lithuania has blatantly supported a “one China, one Taiwan” approach in international society that violates the one-China principle, a fundamental norm of international relations and a universal consensus held by the international community, which has seriously compromised bilateral diplomatic relations.

The Chinese side, out of necessity to safeguard its fundamental interests and the principle of one China, a fundamental norm governing international relations, has lowered diplomatic relations with Lithuania to the rank of charge d’affaires.

Wang said China hopes the new German government will play an active role in the EU in upholding the one-China principle, and will not try to play the “Taiwan card” or send false signals to the secessionist forces of “Taiwan independence”, which would harm the proper development of Sino-German and Sino-European relations.

“The new German government should put more emphasis on the role of the EU and remain determined to strengthen Europe’s strategy of solidarity and sovereignty, unifying the EU’s voice with the international community,” said Wang said, noting that Germany has played a leading role in shaping Sino-European relations. .

Lithuania is already suffering the economic consequences of its mistake, as the media have said that the port of Klaipeda, Lithuania’s largest port, is expected to lose 40% of its freight traffic in 2022, mainly due to the deterioration of diplomatic relations. with China.

Facing challenges for its export sectors, the Lithuanian government has allocated € 6 million to companies affected by tensions with China, according to media reports.

During a press briefing in Beijing on Thursday, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said Lithuania’s foreign policy is bad and a failure that harms the interests of the Lithuanian people.

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