Lithuania risks trouble with geopolitical move: Global Times editorial
Participants attend the 5th China-Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) 17+1 High-level Tourism Forum in Riga, Latvia, on Oct. 23, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
Lithuania, a small Baltic country with a population of less than 3 million, said over the weekend that it was quitting the “17+1” cooperation mechanism, a platform between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs). Just two days earlier, Lithuania’s parliament on Thursday described China’s treatment of Uygur as “genocide” and “crimes against humanity”, echoing a bad lead of the US, Britain and Canada.
The “17+1” platform is an open cooperation mechanism. If Lithuania feels that the cooperation is not working out as expected, there is no problem of it pulling out. But Lithuania clearly wants to highlight its exit and impress some Western powers, especially the US, that it is doing a great thing. Announcing the…