Remarks by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying on China-Lithuania Relations

Q: China-Lithuania relations ran into difficulties after the Lithuanian President met with the Dalai Lama in September 2013. We have noted that the Prime Ministers of the two countries held a bilateral meeting in Serbia in December 2014. Has the Lithuanian side made any change in its attitude towards its relations with China? How does China view the prospects of China-Lithuania relations?

A: In December 2014, Premier Li Keqiang met with Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius during the 3rd Meeting of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European Countries(CEEC). The Lithuanian side stated that it places high importance on developing friendly and cooperative relations with China, respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, stays committed to the one-China policy, recognizes Tibet as an integral part of China, does not support any separatist force or activity that advocates the so-called Tibet independence and undermines China's territorial integrity, and is ready to handle such sensitive issues in an appropriate manner in the future.

The Chinese side acknowledged the above Lithuanian statement. The Chinese government attaches importance to developing friendly and cooperative relations with Lithuania. The Chinese side and the Lithuanian side agreed to promote healthy and steady growth of the bilateral relations through enhanced communication and coordination, based on the principle of mutual respect, equality, and respecting each other's core interest and major concerns.

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