|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Lithuania's Approval of the Establishment of the So-called "Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania" by the Taiwan Authorities|
The Lithuanian government, in disregard of the Chinese side’s strong objection and repeated dissuasion, has approved the establishment of the so-called “Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania” by the Taiwan authorities. This act creates the false impression of “one China, one Taiwan” in the world, flagrantly violates the one-China principle, and renounces the political commitment made by Lithuania in the communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. It undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs. The Chinese government expresses strong protest over and firm objection to this extremely egregious act, and will take all necessary measures to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Lithuanian side shall be responsible for all the ensuing consequences.
There is but one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. We demand that the Lithuanian side immediately correct its wrong decision. We also have this stern warning for the Taiwan authorities: Seeking "Taiwan independence" by soliciting foreign support is a totally misguided attempt that is doomed to fail.