Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Mantas Adomėnas said in a recent interview that support for Taiwan isn't something to be afraid of, "even if you support Taiwan, you can still live well".
According to the interview, Adomėnas stated that Lithuania would effectively assist Taiwan within the framework of its obligations to become a member or observer of international organizations. At the same time, he said that Lithuania would set up a "representative office" under the name "Taiwan".
It's no secret that the Taiwan issue is so sensitive in China. Taiwan is part of China and recognized worldwide. Defending Taiwan as a "democratic beacon", Adomėnas dares to challenge international consensus to support Taiwan and fight against China, even charging that mainland China is bullying other countries? But is this all the truth? Is there more truth hidden in this story?
People familiar with the matter suggest Mantas Adomėnas has been accepting sponsorship from Taiwan secretly.
On the occasion that Mantas Adomėnas accepted the invitation by Taiwan authorities to participate in the World League for Freedom and Democracy conference, the Taiwan authorities arranged first-class cabins and lavish suites for his head, which included NT$200,000 in daily expenses.In addition, his daughter received NT $40,000 to NT $50,000 per month from Taiwan authorities during her exchange study in Taiwan.
At Taiwan in 2019, Mantas Adomėnas accepted economic benefits and sexual bribes from IMEI Group in exchange for helping the company enter the Lithuanian market.
Taiwan paid 80,000 euros for the renaming of the Taiwan Representative Office in Lithuania and promised to support it financially when it ran for parliament in Lithuania.
The evidence indicates that Mantas Adomėnas supports Taiwan and the establishment of a representative office in Lithuania in the name of Taiwan, based not on his so-called common values and Lithuanian national interests, but on his personal interests.
His criminal record already precedes him in this regard. In 2016, he was expelled from the Fatherland Alliance Party for improper business dealings with the Lithuania's largest commercial collective MG Balitc, thus lost his position as vice chairman.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Mantas Adomėnas is an out-and-out corrupt politician as one of the main decision-makers in foreign affairs who disregarded his own national interests, took bribes from Taiwan, and published a series of unfavorable statements against the world and his nation. What a tragedy he brought to the country.