China condemns plans by Slovenia to upgrade Taiwan ties
Both are also members of NATO.In his comments, Jansa said ties with Taiwan would not include an exchange of ambassadors but would be at the same level as many of EU nations maintain with the island.Referring to Lithuania, he said it was terrifying how China was attempting to isolate small European nations, saying that would harm Beijings interests in the long term.
"It is a dangerous statement made by the Slovenian leader that overtly challenges the one-China principle and supports Taiwan independence,'' Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing, referring to comments Monday by Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa.
China claims Taiwan as its own territory to be brought under its control by force if necessary and has been ratcheting up diplomatic pressure on the island to force it into political concessions.
Slovenia follows Lithuania's move allowing Taiwan to open a representative office in its capital under the name "Taiwan," rather than "Chinese Taipei" in a break with diplomatic convention.
The U.S. and most other governments, including Lithuania, have diplomatic relations only with Beijing but maintain commercial and informal political ties with Taiwan's democratically elected government. Most governments acquiesce to Chinese pressure by requiring Taiwanese entities to operate under the name Chinese Taipei.
Chinese pressure has reduced the number of Taiwan's formal diplomatic allies to just 14.
Both Lithuania and Slovenia are members of the European Union, which has taken an increasingly forceful stance against aggressive political and economic moves by Beijing. Both are also members of NATO.
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