Lithuania”s new ruling coalition has agreed to defend “those that struggle for freedom” in Taiwan, threatening EU relations with China.
The settlement signed by leaders of the Homeland Union, Liberal Motion and Freedom events has sure the brand new authorities to hold out a “values-based overseas coverage”.
“We’ll actively oppose any violation of human rights and democratic freedoms, and can defend these combating for freedom world wide, from Belarus to Taiwan”.
European Union member states haven’t any formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, an island which Beijing considers is a part of China.
Taiwan’s overseas ministry has expressed appreciation for the assist.
“Lithuania and Taiwan are companions with related concepts, and proceed to defend shared values with particular actions to mates within the nation,” it mentioned in a statement.
“The Ministry of Overseas Affairs sincerely appreciates that it’ll proceed to push Taiwan-Lithuania bilateral relations ahead sooner or later”.
Euronews has reached out to China’s embassy in Vilnius for an announcement in response.
The outgoing centre-left Lithuanian authorities didn’t dispute Beijing’s “one China” coverage in the direction of Taiwan and maintained commerce relations with Beijing.
The three centre-right events that won Lithuania’s October parliamentary elections signed a coalition settlement on Monday to switch the earlier authorities.
The brand new authorities will probably be led by former conservative finance minister Ingrida Simonyte.
The coalition has additionally promised to sort out the coronavirus pandemic, scale back paperwork and legalise same-sex unions in Lithuania.
Ingrida Simonyte additional pledged to maintain Lithuania within the eurozone and to strengthen ties with NATO.
The brand new authorities is anticipated to be sworn in in December.