China Recalls Ambassador to Lithuania Over ‘Taiwan Representative Office’
What’s new: China has decided to recall its ambassador to Lithuania over the country’s decision to allow Taiwan authorities to open a representative office using the island’s name, the foreign ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
The ministry said the Baltic state’s decision “severely undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” China has also demanded Lithuania recall its ambassador to China, the statement said.
“The red line of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity shall not be crossed,” the statement said. “We urge the Lithuanian side to immediately rectify its wrong decision, take concrete measures to undo the damage, and not to move further down the wrong path.”
The background: Last month, the Taiwan government announced that it will set up the “Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania” in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.
China established diplomatic relations with Lithuania in 1991, as the country became independent from the Soviet Union. Taiwan’s overseas representative offices usually use the name Taipei.
Ties between Beijing and Vilnius have been worsening since the Baltic country in May quit the “17+1” group, which China initiated after the 2012 eurozone crisis to promote cooperation and investment with European countries.
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