【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: Youlanzide Translator: Ranting
According to a Nov. 25 report in the Liberty Times, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said during a visit to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 24 that Lithuania is showing the world how to resist increasingly assertive pressure from the Chinese Communist Party by decentralizing its supply chain and joining forces with other democracies.
During a visit to Washington, Landsbergis said he spoke with senior U.S. officials in response to Lithuania’s efforts to reduce its dependence on CCP supply chains, the Liberty Times reported, citing the AFP news agency. He called for longer-term measures to help other countries facing pressure from the CCP.
Landsbergis said that Lithuania’s experience in confronting the CCP is that being under economic coercion does not absolutely mean that the country needs to give up its independent decisions in foreign policy. It may be threatened in the headlines of the CCP media, it may be ranted about, but it can be withstood in any case.
According to Landsbergis, the CCP’s retaliation shows that it is not using diplomatic channels to resolve matters, but rather using the image of a “strong state” to pressure other countries. The only weakness of democracies is the lack of mutual help, Landsbergis said. If the CCP is upset, countries will feel an invisible “sword of Damocles” hanging over their heads.
According to Landsbergis, other countries are contacting Lithuania to learn from the experience of confronting the CCP. These countries want to have 100 percent space to make independent decisions on their own foreign policy.
Prior to that, the Taiwan Representative Office in Lithuania was officially opened on November 18. In retaliation, the CCP downgraded diplomatic relations with Lithuania to the level of “Chargé d’affaires” and exerted economic pressure on it.
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