13 August, 2021

Lithuania: Strive to get the Chinese ambassador back

After China announced the recall of its ambassador to Lithuania on the 10th, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis still "stubbornly". He attended an event on the 11th and insisted that Lithuania "did not do anything wrong", but he also said, Lithuania is ready to take all necessary measures to persuade the recalled Chinese ambassador to return to Lithuania.

Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT): The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania said it is trying to get the recalled Chinese ambassador to return to Lithuania

According to a report by Lithuanian State Radio and Television (LRT) on the 11th, Landsbergis made the above statement during a meeting with the opposition party "The Alliance of Lithuanian Farmers and Green Party". Landsbergis stated that the next step of Lithuania’s diplomatic work is to allow the recalled Chinese ambassador to return to Lithuania. Lithuania has taken measures to try to persuade China to change its decision.

Obviously, Landsbergis still does not have a deep understanding of Lithuania’s mistakes, claiming that what happened yesterday is regrettable and even unacceptable. But even so, the foreign minister is still quite stiff, insisting that Lithuania "does nothing wrong." He claimed that Lithuania has the support of the United States and the European Union.

He also said that this is not about closing the embassy or severing diplomatic relations. "I believe this misunderstanding can be resolved."

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Landsbergis (pictured from Twitter)

After Lithuania has repeatedly disregarded Chinese warnings and allowed the Taiwan authorities to set up a "representative office" in the name of "Taiwan", China yesterday announced the recall of its ambassador to Lithuania and requested the Lithuanian government to recall its ambassador to China. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying emphasized that the meaning of the one-China principle cannot be distorted. The Chinese people will never agree to the act of adhering to the one-China principle, but in fact openly engaging in official contacts with the Taiwan authorities, or even standing for the "Taiwan independence" forces.

According to Agence France-Presse on the 12th, Lithuanian ambassador to China, Diana Mickeviciene (Diana Mickeviciene), had just arrived in Beijing for isolation and was told to "go home."

When I woke up, "1.4 billion Chinese people would never agree" suddenly fry the pot, Lithuania listened well.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying stated on the 11th that the meaning of the one-China principle cannot be distorted. The Chinese people will never agree to the act of adhering to the one-China principle, but in fact openly engaging in official contacts with the Taiwan authorities, or even standing for the "Taiwan independence" forces. It must be pointed out that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Liberty, China has always respected the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Liberty and has never done anything harmful to the interests of the country.

The Lifang allows the Taiwan authorities to set up a "representative office" under the name "Taiwan", which seriously damages China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and seriously violates the one-China principle. China has the right and should make a legitimate response. We once again urge the Liberty not to misjudge China's firm determination and strong will to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and earnestly fulfill its commitment to uphold the one-China principle, so as to create conditions for the stable and healthy development of bilateral relations.

According to news from the Chinese Embassy in the United States, on August 10, US State Department Spokesperson Price said on Twitter that the United States supports Lithuania and other European allies in developing relations with Taiwan, recalls China’s ambassador to Lithuania and asks the Lithuanian government to recall its ambassador to China. Be condemned. The spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the United States stated that the Lithuanian government allowed the Taiwan authorities to establish "representative offices" in the name of "Taiwan" and develop official substantive relations with the Taiwan authorities. This flagrantly violates the spirit of the Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Lithuania and seriously undermines China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. In violation of the one-China principle recognized by the international community, China, as a sovereign country, has the right and should make a legitimate response. The U.S. has no right to point fingers or make irresponsible remarks. We urge the US to earnestly abide by the three Sino-US joint communiqués, abide by the one-China principle, and safeguard the political foundation of Sino-US relations.

For any country that dares to challenge China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, more than 1.4 billion Chinese people will never agree to it. "Taiwan independence" is a dead end, and any attempt to support "Taiwan independence" and split China will never succeed.

Japanese media: Yoshihide Suga is the first in the cabinet!

Japan’s "August 15" defeat is approaching, and high-ranking Japanese officials went to the Yasukuni Shrine on the 13th to "worship ghosts".

Based on the news from the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) and the Asahi Shimbun, the Japanese Minister of Economic Rebirth, Yasushi Minori Nishimura, who is in charge of countermeasures against the new crown epidemic, visited the Yasukuni Shrine on the 13th. According to reports, this is the first time that a current Japanese cabinet minister visited the Yasukuni Shrine during his term of office.

NHK: Minister of Economic Regeneration Yasunori Nishimura pays homage to the Yasukuni Shrine

According to NHK reports, Nishimura said in an interview with reporters after visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, “This year’s anniversary of the end of the war (the day of Japan’s defeat and surrender) is Sunday. Considering that there will be many people coming to worship by then, I chose to be quiet this morning. Worship in the atmosphere".

Nishimura Yasumi was interviewed by reporters after visiting the Yasukuni Shrine on the 13th (photo source: NHK)

Nishimura Komin walked out of the Yasukuni Shrine after paying his respects on the 13th (Source: Japanese media)

The Yasukuni Shrine enshrines 14 Class A war criminals who were directly responsible for the war of aggression. According to the "Asahi Shimbun", this is the first time a cabinet minister has visited the Yasukuni Shrine during the current term of the Yoshihide Suga cabinet established in September last year. The visit of the Japanese prime minister and cabinet members to the Yasukuni Shrine will arouse dissatisfaction between China and South Korea.

In response to this, some Japanese netizens believe that the Cabinet Minister’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, where war criminals are enshrined, can be regarded as “beautifying pre-war Japan and it will become a reason for (other countries) to criticize Japan”.

Some netizens said, "Do you want to go during this period? You are a cabinet minister. Think twice before you act."

On the other hand, Nishimura Yasumi, who is in charge of the new crown epidemic response, recently urged the Japanese people not to return home during the Obon Festival and avoid "unnecessary and emergency" outings, but went to the Yasukuni Shrine by himself. His behavior also caused dissatisfaction among netizens.

Some netizens criticized, "This kind of outing is called'unnecessary and non-urgent'. Japanese nationals are called on not to return home during the Obon Festival, but politicians are focused on drawing votes for shows, regardless of other things. The minister in charge of epidemic prevention should be replaced. ".

Some netizens asked, "For Japanese politicians, is the criterion of'unnecessary or urgent' (relaxed enough) to such an extent?".

The recent spread of the new crown virus in Japan has aroused concerns and dissatisfaction among the Japanese people. Regarding Nishimura Yasukuni’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, some netizens sarcastically said, “Is there to negotiate that the deceased of the new crown should also be regarded as a respectable sacrifice and a memorial service for the heroic spirit?”.

According to the "Asahi Shimbun" report, Nishimura Yasunori just emphasized to the public on the 12th that in view of the accelerated spread of the new crown virus, "Although it is approaching the return of the Japanese Obon Festival, Japanese people are urged to stay home with their families."

On the 76th anniversary of Japan’s defeat on August 15 this year, regarding whether high-ranking Japanese officials headed by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga would visit the Yasukuni Shrine on this day, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsanobu once claimed at a press conference on the 10th," The Prime Minister will judge properly. The same goes for me."

Regarding Japanese politicians’ visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian once stated that the Yasukuni Shrine is the spiritual tool and symbol of Japanese militarism in launching a war of aggression. It enshrines 14 Class-A war criminals who were seriously responsible for the war of aggression. On October 17th last year, Yoshihide Suga, who took office as the prime minister, gave a sacrifice to the Yasukuni Shrine on the first day of the "Masaki" at the Yasukuni Shrine on the first day of the autumn "Great Festival". China firmly opposes the wrong practices of Japanese politicians and urges Japan to face up to and deeply reflect on the history of aggression, draw a clear line from militarism, and take concrete actions to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community.

Heavy! The Chinese ambassador to the United States meets with the US Deputy Secretary of State. The US Treasury Secretary is evaluating a visit to China? What signal? The U.S. ambassador to China has been absent for 10 months. When will it be in place?

Is this a good start?

In recent years, due to continuous suppression by the United States, Sino-US relations have continued to deteriorate, and there has been a tendency to deviate from the "spirit of the two heads of state speaking on New Year's Eve this year." Against this background, Qin Gang, China's new ambassador to the United States, met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Sherman on August 12. The current Sino-US relations stand at a new crossroads. He will follow the spirit of the call between the two heads of state on New Year's Eve this year, strengthen timely communication and dialogue with the United States, and strive to promote a rational, stable, controllable, and constructive Sino-US relationship.

At the end of July, Sherman visited Tianjin. At that time, China presented two lists to the United States, demanding that the United States stop its repressive actions. Sherman also reviewed the issues raised during her meeting with Chinese officials in Tianjin last month and said that the United States is committed to continuing discussions.

If you get in touch with the news about the US Treasury Secretary’s recent visit to China, does this mean that there have been some positive phenomena in Sino-US relations?

However, since the former US ambassador to China Branstad left Beijing in October 2020, the post of US ambassador has remained vacant. What is the reason for this? When will the US ambassador be in place?

Qin Gang meets Sherman

According to Xinhua News Agency, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang met with US Deputy Secretary of State Sherman on the 12th. Sherman welcomed Qin Gang to take up his new role in the United States and said that the US State Department would provide convenience and support for him to perform his duties.

Qin Gang thanked the US for its support and assistance in performing his duties. Qin Gang said that the current Sino-US relations are at a new crossroads. He will follow the spirit of the call between the two heads of state on New Year's Eve this year, strengthen timely communication and dialogue with the United States, and strive to promote a rational, stable, controllable, and constructive Sino-US relationship.

The two sides also exchanged views on issues of common concern and agreed to continue to maintain close dialogue and communication.

Qin Gang later stated on his Twitter that he looked forward to continuing dialogue and communication with American colleagues to build a rational, stable, controllable, and constructive Sino-US relationship.

The US State Department website also released the above news. According to sources, on August 12, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with Qin Gang, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, and welcomed him to Washington. The Deputy Secretary of State reviewed the questions she raised during a meeting with Chinese officials in Tianjin last month and said that the United States was committed to continuing discussions.

On the evening of July 28, Ambassador Qin Gang delivered a speech to the Chinese and American media after arriving in Washington. The speech pointed out: 50 years ago, Dr. Kissinger visited China secretly and knocked on the door of China. At the time of the Cold War, China and the United States were isolated from each other, and the far-sighted Dr. Kissinger had to go to China in a concealed way. Today, 50 years later, as the 11th Chinese ambassador to the United States, I can openly embark on the right path to the United States. Times have changed, which makes people sigh. I believe that the door to Sino-US relations has been opened and will not be closed. This is the trend of the times, the general trend, and the aspirations of the people.

Qin Gang said that for half a century, Sino-US relations have gone through ups and downs, and along the way, they have not only profoundly affected the two countries, but also profoundly changed history and the world. At present, the world is undergoing major changes unseen in a century. China-US relations are again at a new critical juncture. They face many difficulties and challenges, but also have huge opportunities and potentials. Where to go is related to the well-being of the two peoples and the future of the world. A healthy and stable development of Sino-US relations is the common expectation of the people of the two countries and the international community. At present, the United States is struggling to fight the new crown pneumonia epidemic under the leadership of President Biden and revitalize economic development. I wish the United States an early victory over the epidemic and wish the American people happiness and well-being.

The U.S. Treasury Secretary's assessment of China's visit?

Bloomberg News quoted informed sources on the 12th that US Treasury Secretary Yellen is considering visiting China in the next few months. If this happens, she will become the highest-level official in the Biden administration to visit China. However, a U.S. Treasury Department spokesperson responded to the news, saying, "Secretary Yellen has no plans to visit China in the fall."

A person familiar with the matter said that Yellen's visit to China may discuss common positions between the two countries, such as efforts to address climate change, and also discuss trade issues. Another person familiar with the matter said that the US Treasury Department's discussions on Yellen's possible visit to China are still at an early stage and have not yet made a decision. The influencing factors include the travel risks caused by "Delta".

Bloomberg said that Yellen's visit will mark the first face-to-face economic talks between China and the United States after the Biden administration took office. Bloomberg said that although it has been showing a tough stance on China, the Biden administration is still working hard to complete a broad assessment of US China policy. In addition, although the Biden administration has retained the additional tariff policy implemented by the predecessor President Trump, Yellen expressed doubts about its effectiveness. Last week, more than 30 American business groups called on the Biden administration to resume negotiations with China and cancel tariffs, believing that tariffs are hurting the US economy.

According to reports, the previous US Treasury ministers and Chinese economic and trade officials had held regular meetings, and the formal dialogue between the two countries did not end until the Trump administration in 2018. This type of communication is called the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and it dominated the relationship between the two countries during the Bush and Obama administrations. But public information shows that Yellen currently has no plans to resume such dialogue.

According to the Global Times, Bai Ming, deputy director of the International Market Research Institute of the Ministry of Commerce, said on the 12th that it is difficult to judge the reliability of the relevant news. He believes that the door to China's economic and trade communication and exchanges is always open. Because of the epidemic, the two parties can also exchange opinions online. Bai Ming believes that the relevant news from the US media at least shows that the United States hopes to have further contacts with China on economic and trade issues in order to respond to or solve the actual needs of the US business community.

U.S. ambassador to China absent for 10 months

It is worth noting that, according to a report on the World Wide Web on August 9, since the former US ambassador to China Branstad left Beijing in October 2020, the position of the US ambassador has been vacant. Against the background that Sino-US relations have fallen into a trough, the absence of the ambassador to China has aroused more speculations from the outside world. Earlier reports stated that the Biden administration intends to appoint the former US representative to NATO Burns as the US ambassador to China, but the nomination has not been announced for a long time, let alone when it will be confirmed by the Senate.

Lu Xiang, an expert on American issues at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that at present, the current US government hopes to give priority to direct dialogue with China through higher-level Deputy Secretary of State, rather than through ambassadors to communicate and solve problems. He said that the current Sino-U.S. relationship is sensitive, complex, and tricky. As the executor of its own policies rather than decision-makers, the role of the ambassador to China has been quite limited. It needs to wait for higher levels to "set the tone" on more major issues. Take office again.

Li Haidong, a professor at the China Foreign Affairs University, believes that one of the most prominent features of the Biden administration’s China policy is "considering diplomacy with China outside of China", that is, the key is not to seek China's compromise on the issue of pressure from the United States-because of this goal. It is difficult to achieve, but by intensifying related China-related disputes, more other countries will be pushed into the track of following the United States' comprehensive strategic competition with China. In this context, it is expected that the Biden administration will only consider the appointment of an ambassador to China after straightening out the relationship with its allies and partnerships and appointing ambassadors to these countries.

Recalling the New Year's Eve call

On the morning of Chinese New Year's Eve on February 11, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with US President Biden. The two heads of state visited each other on the Chinese New Year of the Ox, and exchanged in-depth views on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues.

Biden wished the Chinese people a happy New Year and prosperity and development. Xi Jinping once again congratulated Biden on his official inauguration as President of the United States, and wished the people of China and the United States a happy Chinese New Year and a prosperous Year of the Ox.

Xi Jinping pointed out that one of the most important events in international relations over the past half century has been the restoration and development of Sino-US relations. Although there have been many twists and turns and difficulties during the period, the overall progress has continued and fruitful results have been achieved, which has benefited the people of the two countries and promoted world peace, stability, and prosperity. Cooperation between China and the United States will benefit both, while fighting will hurt both, and cooperation is the only correct choice for both parties. Sino-U.S. cooperation can accomplish many major events that benefit the two countries and the world. The Sino-U.S. confrontation is certainly a disaster for the two countries and the world.

Xi Jinping emphasized that at present, Sino-US relations are at an important juncture. Promoting the healthy and stable development of China-US relations is the common expectation of the people of the two countries and the international community. You said that the greatest feature of America is possibility. It is hoped that this possibility now develops in a direction conducive to the improvement of relations between the two countries. The two countries should work together and meet each other halfway, uphold the spirit of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation, focus on cooperation, manage differences, promote the healthy and stable development of Sino-US relations, and bring more tangibility to the two peoples. The interests of the People’s Republic of China will make due contributions to fighting the new crown pneumonia epidemic, promoting world economic recovery, and maintaining regional peace and stability.

Xi Jinping emphasized that China and the United States will have different views on some issues. The key is to respect each other, treat each other as equals, and properly manage and handle them in a constructive manner. The diplomatic departments of the two countries can have in-depth communication on a wide range of issues in bilateral relations and major international and regional issues. The economic, financial, law enforcement, military and other departments of the two countries can also have more contacts. China and the United States should re-establish various dialogue mechanisms to accurately understand each other’s policy intentions and avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments. It is necessary to distinguish which differences are, and to manage them well; and which are meaningful for cooperation, and jointly promote them on the track of cooperation. Issues such as Taiwan, Hong Kong-related issues, and Xinjiang-related issues are China's internal affairs and are related to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The United States should respect China's core interests and act cautiously.

Xi Jinping emphasized that facing the current international situation full of uncertainties, China and the United States, as permanent members of the UN Security Council, shoulder special international responsibilities and obligations. Both sides should follow the trend of the world, jointly maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and make historic contributions to promoting world peace and development.

Biden said that China is a country with a long history and great civilization, and the Chinese people are great people. The United States and China should avoid conflicts and can cooperate in a wide range of fields such as climate change. The US is willing to conduct frank and constructive dialogues with China in the spirit of mutual respect, so as to enhance mutual understanding and avoid misunderstanding and misjudgment.

The capitals of the two countries believe that the call on the day will send a positive signal to the world, and the two sides agreed to maintain close contact on Sino-US relations and issues of common concern.

But judging from the current actions of the United States, it has deviated from the spirit of the New Year’s Eve conversation and changed the world’s expectations.

Meet in Tianjin

On the morning of July, Xie Feng, Vice Foreign Minister of China, had talks with the US Deputy Secretary of State.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the total length of the two talks is 6 hours. The meeting between Xie Feng and Sherman lasted more than 4 hours. "The two sides talked deeply and thoroughly, which enhanced mutual understanding."

During the talks, Xie Feng pointed out that Sino-US relations are currently at a deadlock and are facing serious difficulties. The fundamental reason is that some people in the United States regard China as an "imaginary enemy" and throw the deep-seated structural contradictions in the United States onto China. He asked the US to achieve "five stops", including stopping interfering in China's internal affairs, stopping attacking the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese leaders, and so on.

Xie Feng said that the US's "competition, cooperation, and confrontation" rule of thirds is a "obscure method" to contain and suppress China. Confrontation and containment are the essence, cooperation is an expedient measure, and competition is a discourse trap. Xie Feng also submitted two lists to the US.

A request for the U.S. to correct its wrong policies, words and deeds on China, including 16 items, including urging the U.S. to unconditionally lift visa restrictions on CCP members and their families, lift sanctions on Chinese leaders, officials, and government departments, and lift visa restrictions on Chinese students. , Revoke the registration of Chinese media as "foreign agents" or "foreign missions", revoke the extradition request for Meng Wanzhou, etc.

Another key case that focuses on China's concerns, a total of 10 items. It mainly expressed serious concerns to the US in cases where some Chinese students were denied visas to the United States, Chinese citizens were treated unfairly in the United States, and anti-Asian sentiment and anti-China sentiment grew in the United States.

When meeting with Sherman, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed "three bottom lines" to the US:

First, the United States must not challenge, slander, or even attempt to subvert the path and system of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Second, the United States must not try to obstruct or even interrupt China's development process. China urges the United States to remove all unilateral sanctions, high tariffs, long-arm jurisdiction, and technology blockade imposed on China as soon as possible.

Third, the United States must not infringe upon China’s national sovereignty, let alone undermine China’s territorial integrity.

Park Geun-hye’s house is auctioned off, Biden’s son is “cheating” again, the situation has changed

Under the unpredictable international situation, tomorrow and accidents, no one will not know which one will come first.

If 2020, when the epidemic appears, is the beginning of turmoil in the world situation, then the current 2021 is undoubtedly the continuation of chaos and anxiety.

It is against this background that three more news have occurred in the world-American President Biden and former South Korean President Park Geun-hye have had major events. Ukraine, acting as the "anti-Russian vanguard" in the West, also made jokes.

The first one is a fire in the backyard! Biden's son "cheated his father" again.

Compared with the eldest son Bo, who died young, Biden's only surviving young son, Hunter, has always been a "cheating father".

During the U.S. election last year, Hunter was exposed to the once-popular "computer door"-in his computer, he found emails between him and an executive of a Ukrainian energy company.

The exposure of this scandal not only collapsed Hunter's staff, but also almost ruined his old father's bright prospects for the election.

I thought that after Biden became president, Hunter would be able to stop the meeting. But before expecting it, Hunter's old problem of "cheating father" has committed again.

On the 11th local time, the British "Daily Mail" exposed a video with Hunter as the protagonist. According to reports, the video was taken in 2019 and the location is in a hotel room.

In the video, Hunter said angrily to a female sex worker that his laptop had been stolen by a “Russian drug dealer” in 2018, and the computer contained an indecent video of himself.

When asked if he was worried about being blackmailed, Hunter admitted that he "is to a certain extent" because his father is preparing for the general election.

In addition, Hunter also revealed his carnival experience in Las Vegas in 2018-during the 18-day holiday, he changed to live in various luxury suites, sometimes costing $10,000 a night.

Hunter has been exposed to scandals one after another, and it is not ruled out that certain Republican forces are behind it. But then again, if Hunter was "right," these scandals wouldn't exist.

It has to be said that the 79-year-old Biden is indeed unspeakable when he was "pitted" time and again by Hunter's prodigal son.

In the second case, Park Geun-hye’s private house was auctioned off, and Moon Jae-in may already be considering a future.

In July last year, the Seoul High Court made a final judgment on the case of Park Geun-hye's trust in politics and the case of the National Intelligence Council's acceptance of bribery. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, a fine of 18 billion won, and 3.5 billion won of illegal gains recovered.

In January of this year, Park Geun-hye was required by the court to pay a fine of 21.5 billion won (approximately 126 million yuan), but has failed to pay so far.

On August 12, the private house of Geunhui in Gangnam, Seoul, was auctioned by a professional agency entrusted by the prosecution for a compulsory auction, which was finally sold for 3.864 billion yuan (approximately 21.56 million yuan).

But even so, the money is still not enough to make up for the fine owed by Park Geun-hye.

It is reported that if Park Geun-hye is unable to repay the fine after auctioning the property and handing over all the deposits and checks, she may have to perform hard labor in prison for up to 3 years. This is undoubtedly a great insult to a former South Korean president.

The president of South Korea is called "the most dangerous profession in the world." Looking at 11 former presidents of South Korea, one was assassinated, one committed suicide, two stepped down due to a coup, two were implicated, and four were sentenced. Lee Seung-man, who ended up best, also ended up in exile.

In less than a year, Moon Jae-in will step down as South Korean president. In order to break this "blue house curse", he must prepare early.

In addition to the auction of Park Geun-hye’s house, another former president who was sent to prison by Moon Jae-in, Lee Myung-bak’s private house and land in Seoul, was also auctioned for 11.156 billion won (approximately 63.73 million yuan) in early July.

Even the ancestral grave of the 90-year-old former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan, Moon Jae-in has not let go of it.

Moon Jae-in knows well that if he wants to avoid liquidation after he steps down, he must "act first to be strong", otherwise he will definitely put himself at a disadvantage.

It is foreseeable that with the approach of the general election, the Korean political scene that "seems to be calm, but in fact undercurrents" will have a lot of drama.

The third thing, the spirit of Ah Q? Ukranian scholar: The EU is unwilling to accept Ukraine because it fears Ukraine's military strength.

Recently, Ukraine’s desire to join the European Union and NATO has become stronger. Zelensky has repeatedly called the United States and Europe to process Ukraine’s "application for membership" as soon as possible, but was either decisively rejected or simply ignored.

In this regard, Ukrainian political scientist Karasov said in a recent interview that the reason why France and Germany are reluctant to accept Ukraine into the European Union and NATO is because they were "scared" by Ukraine's military strength.

Karasov pointed out that Ukraine has a vast territory and a large population. Compared with many countries in the Baltic Sea or the Balkans, Ukraine has a strong military force. This worries France and Germany and fears that its status as a "EU dominant country" will be endangered.

Karasov also believes that once the "strong" Ukraine becomes a member of the European Union and NATO, Ukraine plus Poland, Lithuania and other Eastern European countries will dominate the European mainland. This is not in the interests of France and Germany and other Western European countries.

If we put it 30 years ago, the phrase "Ukraine has a strong military power" is indeed fine. At that time, Ukraine inherited 30% of the military heritage of the former Soviet Union. Looking at the whole of Europe, its military strength was second only to Russia.

However, due to the domestic political chaos and economic deteriorating conditions, coupled with the abolition of martial arts (the destruction of nuclear weapons), the current Ukraine has long lost its courage and has become a veritable second-rate country.

More importantly, Ukraine still naively believes that as long as it reaches the "threshold" set by the West and continues to engage in hostility with Russia, it will one day be accepted by the European Union and NATO.

But the actual situation is that in the eyes of the West, Ukraine is just a pawn to contain and consume Russia. Once the situation changes, it can become "abandoned son" at any time.

The biggest tragedy of Ukraine is that it has not yet recognized who is the true enemy and who is the true friend.

There are various signs that Zelensky, who is a comedian, is taking Ukraine into a tragedy.

China will not lose anything if it breaks diplomatic relations with Lithuania, but Lithuania has pushed itself into a desperate situation.

One thing is clear. If China breaks diplomatic relations with Lithuania, it will not lose anything, while Lithuania will lose a lot.

Article of the Russian "Free Media" on August 11

Original title: Lithuania declares war on China?

Lithuania agreed to open a "Taiwan Representative Office" in the country, so that the world will finally know where this small country is. Since ancient times, Taiwan has been China's territory and an inalienable part of China. Recently, Lithuania announced that Taiwan will open a "trade representative office" in the country. In this regard, Andrei Ostrovsky, deputy director of the Far East Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that Lithuanians have the right to make any decision, including the country’s foreign policy. However, it might be better to consider the consequences of this move. Beijing's response is predictable. China has always made the most severe response to any act that threatens the territorial integrity of the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania should understand this and consider the consequences.

Moreover, their neighboring country Latvia has done such stupid things. In 1992, the country allowed the establishment of a "Taiwan Consulate." China’s response is as swift and severe as it is now. Later, Latvia had to ask China for forgiveness. The "consulate" closed two years later. Latvia sent a delegation to China to apologize and beg. In the end, the Chinese forgave them.

One thing is clear. If China breaks diplomatic relations with Lithuania, it will not lose anything, while Lithuania will lose a lot. Today, the economically developed and politically influential countries in the world are striving to maintain normal relations with China. The United States regards China as its opponent, but set up an embassy in China as early as 1979.

Now, Lithuania takes a very rigid stance towards China and is also concerned about the so-called Xinjiang issue. In this regard, Ostrovsky said, in fact, the Uighurs in Xinjiang have not been suppressed at all, and the Chinese government has invested a lot of money in the development and construction of the region. Large-scale construction work is underway in the local area, creating many new job opportunities. China successfully solved the problem of absolute poverty on the ground. Obviously, Lithuania was instigated by the United States to provoke the topic of Xinjiang.

During the administration of President Gribauskaite, Lithuania has been actively developing cooperation with China, has shown interest in the “Belt and Road” project, and plans to supply dairy products and meat products to China. At the same time, China intends to invest in the construction of a new port in Klaipeda and provide various equipment, including new technologies. But things changed in 2019. The Lithuanian National Security Agency suddenly called China a "threat", followed by the suspension of major contracts between the two countries. Lithuania has turned its back on this economic and trading partner. The background is that US-China relations have deteriorated before and the two countries have started a trade war. The White House advised allies to refuse to cooperate with China, and Lithuania quickly obeyed US instructions.

U.S. White House Information Map

The problem is that the United States has the ability to compete with China, but Lithuania faces major risks. Under the current situation, Lithuania should not expect the EU to help. Kirill Koktes, a professor at the Moscow State Institute of Relations, said that some Baltic countries have followed Washington's words too religiously. They follow Washington in everything, which worries Brussels.

Now Lithuania has damaged its relations with China and has pushed itself into desperation. However, it still has a way to get rid of this obvious loss. Lithuania can follow the example of neighboring Latvia and admit its mistakes to China and ask China for forgiveness. I believe that the Chinese will show magnanimity to it.

Published under Blog on 13 August, 2021.