Lithuania to support ‘those fighting for freedom’ in Taiwan

Date: November 9, 2020
By: Andrius Sytas

FILE PHOTO: Lithuania’s Homeland Union leader Ingrida Simonyte speak to reporters after declaring victory in Lithuania’s general election, in Vilnius, Lithuania October 25, 2020. REUTERS/Andrius Sytas

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Lithuania’s new ruling coalition agreed on Monday to commit the incoming government to support “those fighting for freedom” in Taiwan, threatening to hurt the small EU member’s relations with China, a potential investor in its main port.

European Union member states, and the bloc itself, have no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan due to the objections of Beijing, which considers the island part of China.

The Lithuanian coalition agreement, signed by leaders of the Homeland Union, Liberal Movement and Freedom parties, which together won 74 seats in 141-seat parliament on Oct. 25, binds the new government to carry out a “values-based foreign policy”.

“We will actively oppose any violation of human rights and democratic freedoms, and will defend those fighting for freedom around the world, from Belarus to Taiwan,” they said.   [FULL  STORY]

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