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Lithuania, which over the weekend said it is quitting the "17+1", a central and eastern European cooperation framework with China, has become a tool of competition between the U.S. and China by aggressively provoking China on issues from Xinjiang to Taiwan, the Global Times said in an editorial, telling it to stay off China's core interests. Lithuania has been politically radical, often acting as a flag raiser for anti-Russia moves and has had poor relations with neighboring countries such as Belarus, said the newspaper owned by the People's Daily, When such a small country is aggressive, it will invite trouble and "reap what it has sown," given the region's complex geopolitics and "old hatreds," the newspaper warned.