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Brinken meets with the German Foreign Minister and vows to work with allies to resist China’s bullying and intimidation of Lithuania

U.S. Secretary of State Brinken and German Foreign Minister Bell Burke held a joint press conference at the U.S. State Department.  (January 5, 2022)
U.S. Secretary of State Brinken and German Foreign Minister Bell Burke held a joint press conference at the U.S. State Department. (January 5, 2022)

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken discussed China issues during a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Annalena Belbok in Washington on Wednesday (January 5, 2022), including China’s coercion of Lithuania over the Taiwan issue. Brinken said that the United States will stand up with the allies against the intimidation from China.

Brinken and Bellberg held a joint press conference at the U.S. State Department after the meeting. The chief U.S. diplomat said: “Germany and the U.S. agreed on the importance of transatlantic coordination on China, because it constitutes a major contribution to our common values, laws, rules, and agreements that promote stability, prosperity, and freedom throughout the world. Challenges. We also agree that we will work together to continue to build a positive vision for the future in a comprehensive manner, because fundamentally speaking, this is about what we support together, not what we oppose.”

Brinken went on to say: “We have immediate concerns about the Chinese government’s attempt to bully Lithuania, which has a population of less than 3 million. China is urging European and American companies to stop manufacturing products with Lithuanian-made components, otherwise they may lose the Chinese market. Access, all of this is because Lithuania decided to expand their cooperation with Taiwan.”

Brinken added: “It’s not just about Lithuania, it’s about how every country in the world should be able to determine its own foreign policy without such coercion. The United States will work with our allies and partners, including Germany. Work together to stand up against this kind of intimidation from China by strengthening the resilience of our economy, diversifying our supply chain, and resisting all forms of economic blackmail.”

He also said: “We will continue to stand up against the Chinese government’s blatant violation of human rights and appeal for universal human rights throughout the world.”

Data photo: Dai Qi, U.S. Trade Representative (Reuters)
Data photo: Dai Qi, U.S. Trade Representative (Reuters)

Also on Wednesday, U.S. Trade Representative Dai Qi spoke with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis to express the U.S.’s “firm support” for Lithuania, which is under economic coercion from China, saying that the U.S. is committed to working with the European Union and its member states. Respond to China’s diplomatic and economic coercion.

German Foreign Minister Belle Burke, who met with reporters with Brinken, said that the topic of how to deal with China is a fixed topic of the previous and this talks. She said: “It is clear to us that key global issues and challenges, such as the climate crisis or pandemic, can only be dealt with through cooperation with China. At the same time, we must be unwavering Way to defend our values, to defend these values.”

She added: “As the new German government, we focus on a common China policy, and we focus on close coordination between the EU and the United States, which we regard as the core and key.”

The German Social Democrat Olaf Scholz succeeded Angela Merkel, a member of the long-ruling Christian Democratic Union, as the Chancellor of Germany in December last year. Bell Burke, a member of the Green Party, served as foreign minister.

Bulin Ken secretary of state and foreign ministers on Monday in Bucharest nine countries of the call , saying he represents these senior officials of NATO member states in Eastern Europe to be united with Lithuania. A spokesperson for the US State Department said that the foreign ministers emphasized that “in the face of the escalating political pressure and economic coercion of the People’s Republic of China, they are united with Lithuania.”

In November last year, Lithuania, a member of the European Union and a small Baltic country, disregarded Beijing’s opposition and allowed the establishment of a Taiwan representative office in Lithuania in its capital. Beijing reacted angrily, including downgrading diplomatic relations between the two countries and taking economic retaliatory measures against Lithuania.

Lithuanian officials and industry organizations say that China has asked multinational companies to cut off ties with Lithuania, otherwise they will be rejected by the Chinese market. In response to relevant questions, officials of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that they did not understand the relevant situation and stated that China has always acted in accordance with WTO rules.

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