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The US is behind the poisoning of China’s relationships with the Baltic states

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China has withdrawn its ambassador from Lithuania and expelled its ambassador from Beijing, citing a violation of its “One China” policy following Vilnius’s decision to open a “Taiwan representative office” in the country, which has crossed a red line for Beijing.

China rigorously enforces its One China policy as a prerequisite commitment for diplomatic relations, which requires that states do not officially recognize the regime in Taipei, which Beijing deems a breakaway state. Although most countries in the world follow this principle on paper, in practice it has been meeting growing subtle resistance from the West in the past few years as the geopolitical context has changed.

While few would cross the red line directly, Lithuania has recently transformed itself into a leading anti-China aggravator in Europe, having also withdrawn itself from the 17 1 dialogue mechanism with China and Eastern European states. It has subsequently sought to build ties with Taiwan. But the question is, why? China has done nothing to provoke Lithuania or clash with it, a country which is geographically speaking a minor player in the EU and not a major power. Economic ties between the two aren’t large. Other Baltic states have similarly turned hostile to Beijing, although none have gone as far as Lithuania.

The answer is not because of China's actions, but because of the United States and its battle to seek to........

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