The United States lends its support to Lithuania in the face of Chinese regime pressure

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The United States lends its support to Lithuania in the face of Chinese regime pressure
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about refugee programs for Afghans who aided the U.S. during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, on Aug. 2, 2021. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via Reuters)

On August 22, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Lithuania’s foreign minister and agreed to “bilateral coordinated action” to help the country withstand Chinese pressure over its decision to develop ties with Taiwan, Lithuania said.

In a dispute over the Baltic state allowing Chinese-claimed Taiwan to open a de facto embassy there under its own name, the Chinese regime demanded that Lithuania withdraw its ambassador in Beijing and said it would recall China’s envoy to Vilnius on August 10.

According to a statement released by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry on Sunday, Blinken and Gabrielius Landsbergis agreed that “China‘s unilateral aggressive actions and political pressure on Lithuania” were totally unacceptable.

The statement provided no details about the agreed-upon bilateral action.

The US Department of State said in a separate statement that Secretary Blinken “understood ironclad US solidarity with our NATO ally and EU partner Lithuania in the face of the People’s Republic of China’s coercive behavior.”

Despite the fact that Taiwan has been ruled as a separate entity for more than seven decades, the Chinese regime considers it to be its sovereign territory. The United States is Taiwan’s most ardent international supporter and primary arms supplier.

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