"You'll pay": China vows revenge at tiny country with a population size of 3M people

Nov 26, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
China has slammed Lithuania after the Baltic country allowed Taiwan to open representative office — a de facto embassy — in its capital Vilnius.

The People’s Republic of China is furious the new office will have the title “Taiwan” instead of “Taipei”.

Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway province, despite never having ruled the island. Taiwan has been governed separately since the Chinese Nationalists retreated to the island at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

Beijing interprets any move that gives international legitimacy to Taiwan as an insult.

China officially downgraded diplomatic ties with Lithuania on Sunday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Lithuania must “pay a price” for flouting the “one China” principle.

China is now considering taking punitive measures targeting economic co-operation and trade with Lithuania.

Mr Zhao said China would take all the necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity and protect its core interests, firebrand Beijing-backed newspaper Global Times reported.

“The Chinese government had to lower diplomatic relations between the two countries … to safeguard its sovereignty and the basic norms of international relations,” the ministry said in a statement announcing the downgrade to the charge d’affaires level.

“The Lithuanian government must bear all consequences that arise from this.”

It added that Lithuania had “abandoned the political commitment made upon the establishment of diplomatic relations” with China.

In an editorial, the Global Times said “punishing” Lithuania was like “swatting a fly”.

“Lithuania is just a clown that plays bravado and loyalty. China will definitely deal a heavy blow to it,” the Beijing-backed paper wrote.

Lithuania slammed as ‘crazy, tiny country’

Earlier this year the Global Times warned Lithuania would “pay the price for its evil deed of breaking international rules” and described it as a “crazy, tiny country full of geopolitical fears”.

Lithuania has a population of less than 3 million people – while China is the most populous nation on Earth with more than 1.4 billion people. The Baltic country’s land area is about 0.84 per cent the size of Australia

China has become increasingly sensitive over any references to Taiwan on the international stage.

In April, Communist Party mouthpiece People.cn blasted NASA for the “unforgivable” crime of including “Taiwan” in the “Country” option of the application page of the “Send your name to Mars” program.

China also demanded that Fashion giant H&M change a “problematic” map on its website.

The fashion retailer was told to study various Chinese laws, “bolster its awareness of the national territory, and really ensure the standardised use of the Chinese map”.

The Swedish fashion retailer later agreed to amend the map.

The opening of the Vilnius office is the latest sign that some Baltic and central European countries are seeking closer relations with Taiwan, even if that angers China.

In May, Lithuania announced it was quitting China’s 17+1 cooperation forum with central and eastern European states, calling it “divisive”, AFP reports.

Politicians in the Czech Republic have also pushed for closer ties with Taiwan. Only 15 countries officially recognise Taipei over Beijing.

Leong Mun Wai pulled a 'Raeesah Khan' in Parliament on Telegram hearsay

Jan 13, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
On Tuesday (Jan 11), Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member Leong Mun Wai claimed that he received feedback from residents, "that some teachers have already practised vaccination diferentiated safe management measures in schools".

When asked by Education Minister Chan Chun Sing to name the schools and teachers involved, Leong backpedalled and said that the feedback was through Whatsapp and that he would need to ask 'his' residents before making a clarification. He later disclosed that the feedback originated from a Telegram group called SG Concerned Parents.

After a terse exchange between Chan and Speaker of the House Tan Chuan Jin, Leong admitted that the chat group messages did not name any particular schools.

Indranee: When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it

Leong's response drew a rebuke from Leader of the House Indranee Rajah who admonished Leong for making unsubstantiated claims.

Indranee rose and said: "When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it. And that is why Minister Chan (had) asked, ‘Please provide me with the details of which school and which teacher so that the Ministry of Education can follow up'.”

She described Leong’s explanation on Tuesday as an attempt to “grandstand” or make broad speeches that have no bearing on the details requested by the Education Minister.

Leong Mun Wai another Raeesah Khan?

In August last year, Raeesah shared an anecdote in Parliament about details of a rape case she alleged was mishandled by the police. She later admitted to lying about the anecdote.

In 2014, Workers' Party MP Faisal Manap also made an unsubstantiated claim alleging that when he was a counsellor, he came across a couple who were having housing issues and advised to file for a divorce by the Housing and Development Board — so that the wife would be eligible to buy a house under the Singles Scheme and she could subsequently remarry her husband.

He later apologised for not verifying the authenticity of his anecdote.