Lithuania’s new governing coalition agreed on Monday to commit the incoming government to show more support for Taiwan in its situation vis a vis Communist China.
The Lithuanian coalition agreement, signed by leaders of the Homeland Union, Liberal Movement and Freedom parties, which together won 74 seats in the 141-seat parliament on Oct. 25, binds the new government to carry out a “values-based foreign policy”.
“We will actively oppose any violation of human rights and democratic freedoms and will defend those fighting for freedom around the world, from Belarus to Taiwan,” they said.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed appreciation for the support.
Lithuania's biggest center-right party is the anti-communist Homeland Union, which will be the backbone of a new government that has roots in the 1980s anti-Soviet independence movement. For the Lithuanian lawmakers, the Chinese Communist Party is an illegitimate entity of criminals that have been destroying, robbing, enslaving, and murdering the best of the best Chinese people, as one of the leading politicians stated during the recent campaign.
Lithuania and Taiwan are like-minded partners, and the foreign ministry sincerely thanks friends in Lithuania for continuing to take concrete actions to defend shared values, it said in a statement.
Communist China’s embassy in Vilnius said that its country is ready to work with Lithuanian government “on the basis of mutual respect to sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as non-interference in each other’s domestic affairs".