China said last month that Lithuania should withdraw its ambassador from Beijing and said it would call back its ambassador in Vilnius.
Lithuania advises people not to use Chinese phones
In Lithuania, preparations are being made to take the mobile phone made in China out of the country. In fact, a government report states that there is a risk of censorship through Chinese phones and devices. Lithuania’s defense ministry has recommended that customers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones. It advised people to throw away Chinese phones if they had them. China has been accused of censorship in the past as well.
The country’s cyber security body said that the words ‘Free Tibet’, ‘Long Live Taiwan Independence’ and ‘Democracy Movement’ in flagship phones sold in Europe by Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp. Ability to detect and censor. The National Cyber Security Center of the Ministry of Defense said in the report that the capability of Xiaomi’s Mi 10T 5G phone software was turned off for the European Union region. But it can be turned on remotely at any time. Defense Deputy Minister Margiris Abukavicius said, “Our recommendation is not to buy new Chinese phones and get rid of the ones already bought as soon as possible.”
Relations between China and Lithuania have soured
Recently, relations between Lithuania and China have soured. China said last month that Lithuania should withdraw its ambassador from Beijing and said it would call back its ambassador in Vilnius. Actually, this dispute happened because Taiwan had announced that its mission in Lithuania would now be known as Taiwanese Representative Office. Taiwan’s mission in Europe and America is known as Taipei City. This is done because China lays claim to Taiwan.
What did Xiaomi say on the smartphone controversy?
At the same time, Xiaomi clarified that its phones or electronics devices do not do the work of censoring. In a statement to Reuters, a Xiaomi spokesperson said, “The company’s devices do not censor their users or their communications.” “Xiaomi has never restricted or blocked any personal behavior of its smartphone users, such as searching, calling, web browsing or using third party communication software,” the statement said. It said, ‘Xiaomi fully respects and protects the legal rights of all users.’
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