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Brinken speaks with NATO 9 foreign ministers in support of Lithuania’s fight against the CCP | US Secretary of State | Secretary of Foreign Affairs

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[Epoch Times, January 4, 2022](Epoch Times reporter Chen Ting comprehensive report) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with the foreign ministers of the nine NATO East Wing member states on Monday (January 3). The State Council stated that Brinken and the foreign ministers emphasized that in the face of the escalating political pressure and economic coercion from the CCP, they unanimously support Lithuania.

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After Lithuania and Taiwan established mutual representative offices last year, Beijing was dissatisfied. It immediately recalled its ambassador to Lithuania and launched a series of political and economic sanctions. Lithuania’s trade with China was also frequently hindered, which caused concern among many countries in Europe and America.

Recently, when Brinken spoke with the foreign ministers of Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Union, they all talked about this one after another, and firmly supported Lithuania in resisting Beijing’s coercion.

Brinken spoke with the foreign ministers of the Bucharest Nine (B9) of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Monday. The CCP’s coercion of Lithuania once again became one of the main topics of discussion.

B9 was jointly initiated by Poland and Romania, and the first summit was held in Bucharest in 2015. Its members are the nine East Wing member states of NATO, including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.

According to a summary of the call released by the US State Department spokesperson Ned Price, Blincoln and the B9 Foreign Minister emphasized that they would work together to support Lithuania as the CCP’s coercion escalated.

Price said: “They emphasized that in the face of the escalating political pressure and economic coercion of the People’s Republic of China, they stood with Lithuania. The Secretary of State emphasized the United States’ firm commitment to transatlantic security and the NATO Article 5 Convention.”

In fact, the CCP’s pressure on Lithuania has attracted close attention from many European and American countries. Analysts pointed out that some European politicians seem to regard Beijing’s coercion of Lithuania as a threat to Europe.

On December 23, the co-chairs and core members of the 25 European “Formosa Club” (Formosa Club) jointly sent a letter to the European Council and the Executive Committee to assist Lithuania in countering the Chinese Communist Party’s economic coercion. means.

At the end of last year, a batch of Lithuanian rum sent to China was rejected by the CCP and forced to drift at sea. The EU stated that it will assess whether Beijing violates WTO rules. Subsequently, this batch of rum was purchased from Taiwan.

At the end of December, Taiwan’s general economist Wu Jialong wrote on Facebook that Lithuania’s quasi-severance of diplomatic relations with the CCP may have a domino effect. (Link)

“This time the global anti-communist wave is no longer a confrontation between the capitalist camp and the socialist camp, but a confrontation between the democratic camp and the autocratic camp.” Wu Jialong said that in the past, Europe believed that the threat came from Russia, but the incident in Lithuania made Europe The country revises its strategic views, forming a global anti-communist wave.

“Diplomatic competition is also a war of attrition, which will bring down the CCP’s finances and make it unable to cope with the endless debt crises in the future.” He added.

In addition to talking about Beijing’s coercion of Lithuania, Brinken and foreign ministers also discussed the destabilization of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.

“Secretaries of State and Foreign Ministers discussed Russia’s destabilizing military buildup on the Ukrainian border,” Price said. “NATO must be prepared to adopt a united and resolute stand to collectively defend its allies, and on issues of common concern, For transatlantic cooperation.”

Brinken emphasized that the United States is committed to continuing close communication and cooperation with transatlantic allies, and working hard to reduce tensions through deterrence, defense, and dialogue.

Editor in charge: Ye Ziwei#

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