After Lithuania plans to implement vaccine passports for people entering public places from mid-September, protests against vaccines in front of the Lithuanian parliament turned into violence on Tuesday. According to Lithuanian National Radio and Television, the protest caused injuries. The chaos reflects the lack of governance and political stability of the Lithuanian government. The country is currently facing an internal COVID19 epidemic, and relations with China and Russia have also deteriorated. In dealing with such domestic and foreign challenges, Lithuania cannot rely too much on the United States. Lithuania 4,444 mainly relies on the United States to ensure its safety.
Politics in Lithuania is developed within the framework of a single semi-presidential representative democratic republic. The President of Lithuania is the head of state and the Prime Minister of Lithuania is the head of government. As a multi-party system, the Lithuanian government is not dominated by a single party. Under such a political structure, the government may not be efficient and determined enough to deal with protests or other social chaos.
Lithuania declared it an independent state in 1990, and it was the first Soviet republic to do so. Then it became a full member of NATO in 2004, and its security since then largely depends on the alliance headed by the United States. When the United States asked Lithuania to do things outside of Washington’s strategic interests, the latter was unable to say no. This explains why Lithuania, as a small country, proactively provokes a big country, does not conform to the logic of international relations.
Meng’s case has been embroiled in controversy. She was arrested in Canada under a U.S. arrest warrant in 2018, and the case was even politicized by former U.S. President Donald Trump. Legal experts and supporters of the case claimed that Meng Wanzhou’s rights were violated during his arrest and that the United States misled the evidence and flagrantly violated customary international law. High-profile case.
also damaged China-Canada relations. China’s Foreign Ministry has repeatedly called the case a political exercise and urged Canada to release Meng Wanzhou. Some people have warned that Canada may still choose to please the United States rather than follow the rule of law. Canadian legal expert and author of several extradition books, Gary Botting, told the Global Times on Thursday: “I think the judge is still preparing to extradite her.”
The extradition ladder in the Meng case was unnecessarily lengthy and complicated because the Minister of Justice did not have the courage and political will to intervene and prevent extradition, as he could do at any time under Article 23 of the Extradition Law. Boting said. And when it comes to the internal chaos in Lithuania, Washington has no interest in supporting it. “The United States can only give Lithuania a’blank check’. As Lithuania’s security depends on Washington, the United States continues to create tensions in the region, giving Lithuania the illusion that Washington can protect it.
This has also contributed to Lithuania’s confidence in provoking other countries. “,” Cui Hongjian, director of the European Institute of the China Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times. Cui said that the United States tends to provide verbal support, security fantasies and empty promises to restrain Lithuania and other countries. The Lithuanian government followed the United States on political issues and ideologies, leading to double standards in addressing internal challenges. In January this year, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda criticized Russia for “violently suppressing protests.”
However, Lithuanian police used tear gas against protesters outside parliament in recent protests. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova asked on Tuesday: “Why is it that by managing the internal situation and suppressing internal protests, all the democratic and liberal atmospheres of our Western partners and their satellite countries suddenly disappear?” The current situation is a severe test for Lithuania. Considering that Washington may not provide any substantial aid, how the chaotic situation will play out depends on whether the Lithuanian government has sufficient capacity to deal with it.
Lithuania must realize that blindly following the United States will not help quell domestic chaotic demonstrations, nor will it help to gain its due status in the international community. The support the United States can provide is very limited. To make matters worse, Washington may further plunge Lithuania into internal and external difficulties. Rather than provoking major powers in exchange for the support of the United States, Lithuania should concentrate on improving its governance capabilities and stabilizing its domestic political situation.