Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis issued a statement saying, ‘Lithuania is no longer a member of the 17 + 1 Forum and will not participate in this initiative.’
Xi Jinping (file photo)
Lithuania Quits CEEC China Group: The issue of the European country Lithuania and China (Lithuania China Issue) is currently in the headlines. Lithuania last week decided to break away from the China-led CEEC (Cooperation between China and Middle-Eastern European Countries) Forum. On which now China’s answer has come. This cooperation forum created by China in the year 2012 is also known as 17 + 1. Describing the Forum as ‘divisive’, this country with a population of less than 28 lakhs also asked the rest of Europe members to break away from it.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabriel Landsbergs issued a statement saying, ‘Lithuania is no longer a member of the 17 + 1 Forum and will not participate in this initiative.’ In recent months, Lithuania has taken many such steps, on which China had lodged a strong objection. Including decisions such as blocking Chinese investment, raising the issue of Xinjiang and increasing ties with Taiwan (Lithuania China Taiwan). On this whole matter, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that this cooperation forum will not be affected by sporadic incidents.
What did China say?
Zhao said, ‘China-CEEC is beneficial for China and the Middle Eastern European countries. Since its formation, significant achievements have been achieved in the last 9 years and it is not going to be affected by sporadic incidents. After the withdrawal of Lithuania, this forum now includes Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia (Lithuania and China ).
What is CEEC Forum?
China started this forum in the year 2012 to improve its relations with Central and Eastern European countries. It is also summit every year from everyone. But the conference could not be held in 2020 due to Corona (What is CEEC). Projects are underway in many countries under the forum. China has also invested heavily in these member countries. Lijian did not say anything directly about the name of Lithuania, but it has been said in China’s official newspaper that Lithuania has done this under the influence of America.
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