2020.02.06 16:00

China urges Lithuania to 'abandon Cold War mentality'

BNS 2020.02.06 16:00

The Chinese Embassy in Vilnius on Thursday expressed its strong disagreement with the recent report by Lithuania's intelligence on threats posed by China.

"We urge the Lithuanian intelligence authorities to abandon its Cold War mentality and zero-sum game mindset and achieve mutual security by means of cooperation rather than advocating hostility," the Chinese Embassy in Lithuania said in a statement sent to BNS.

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"The Chinese Embassy in Lithuania express strong dissatisfaction with and resolute opposition to the National Threat Assessment 2020," it said.

In the yearly report published on Tuesday, Lithuania's intelligence said China's continues malicious activity in Lithuanian cyberspace and is expanding its influence worldwide, using economic leverage to ensure other countries' support to Beijing on key political matters.

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Embassy: 'China staunch defender of cybersecurity'

China's "investments and cooperation are not serving as a geopolitical tool to China, instead, they provide a great numbers of jobs and development opportunities to various countries," the embassy said, adding that "China is the staunch defender of cybersecurity".

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"The accusations about security risk posed by 5G communication technology of China and Chinese cyber-espionage on international website of social media are totally groundless and unfounded without solid evidence," the statement said.

The Lithuanian security services said that Beijing uses LinkedIn "to establish contacts with selected targets abroad in the early stages of recruitment operations".

The embassy said that China resolutely defends its own sovereignty and territorial integrity, upholding core interests on issues related to Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and South China Sea and strongly resists "interfering in China’s internal affairs".

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China never seeks military expansion and global dominance, it added.

According to the embassy, Beijing respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all countries and does not interfere with the internal affairs of other countries, posing no security threat to Lithuania.

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The intelligence report

Presenting the intelligence report on Tuesday, Remigijus Baltrėnas, head of the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of Defence, said Chinese telecommunications company Huawei's involvement in the development of the 5G wireless network infrastructure poises a security risk.

Darius Jauniškis, head of the State Security Department, told journalists after the press conference that there's "plenty" of information on the risk posed by the Chinese technology company, and "every sensible state should take those risk signs into account".

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Lithuania's intelligence also points out to the fact that China is rapidly developing its military-industrial complex that "will pave the way for the projection of military power around the world".

Due to partially overlapping strategic interests, China develops political and military cooperation with Russia and coordinates positions on certain international issues, the reports also said.

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