Taiwan support means we see not only what's going on near our border -Lithuania's Simonyte

  • 2020-11-09
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Taiwan support mentioned in Lithuania's new center-right coalition's agreement shows that Lithuania is watching global processes, Ingrida Simonyte, candidate for prime minister, says.

"The agreement includes a principle and that principle has to do with the fact that we see not only what is taking place close to our border but also things that are happening globally," Simonyte told journalists on Monday, asked about Taiwan support.

Signed by the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, the Liberal Movement and the Freedom party earlier in the day, the coalition agreement includes a commitment to actively speak out "against any violations of human rights and democratic freedoms".

"We will defend those fighting for freedom across the world – from Belarus to Taiwan," the agreement's foreign policy section states.

Asked whether that meant that Lithuania was changing its official policy towards China and was ready for its potential reaction, Simonyte said that the agreement includes a principle to support freedom fighters.

"I wouldn’t want you to interpret those words in some way with long-reaching conclusions," Simonyte said.

The clause on support for Taiwan's people was included into the agreement at the Freedom Party's initiative.

"The Freedom party suggests that the state's foreign policy should be based on human rights, respect for the rule of law, the freedom of speech and fundamental human rights. We believe that Taiwan has to be given a chance to be recognized," Ausrine Armonaite, leader of the Freedom party, told BNS earlier.

The Freedom Party had proposed including an aspiration "to actively support Taiwan's independence recognition and statehood aspirations", but the final agreement defines it as support for freedom fighters.

The Chinese Embassy earlier expressed its resentment over the Freedom Party's aspiration to support Taiwan's independence.

"The Embassy expresses strong indignation and firm opposition. There's only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory," the embassy said in a statement sent to BNS.

Taiwan's status is one of the most sensitive issues for China. The Chinese authorities are not renouncing their threats to regain control over this territory by force and want to prevent Taiwan from engaging in international activity.

Lithuania, just as many other counties in the world, do not recognize Taiwan's independence and adhere to the One-China policy.