China calls for Lithuania withdraw envoy in row over Taiwan

Move comes after Lithuania allowed Chinese-claimed Taiwan to arrange a de facto embassy in Vilnius.

China has demanded that Lithuania withdraw its ambassador to Beijing after the Baltic state allowed Chinese-claimed Taiwan to open a de facto embassy there.

In a press release on Tuesday, the Chinese overseas ministry stated it might additionally recall its envoy to Vilnius over the dispute.

China considers democratically dominated Taiwan to be its most delicate territorial subject and is recurrently angered by any strikes that recommend the island is a separate nation.

Last month, Taiwan stated it was establishing a consultant workplace in Vilnius referred to as the Taiwanese Representative Office, marking the primary time the island’s identify has been used for one among its places of work in Europe, as usually solely “Taipei” is used.

China, which had already denounced the choice, has now gone a step additional with concrete motion to specific its ire.

Lithuania’s move was completed “in disregard of China’s repeated representations and articulation of potential consequences”, and severely undermines China’s sovereignty, the Chinese overseas ministry stated.

“The Chinese Government expresses its categorical opposition to this move. China has decided to recall its ambassador to Lithuania and demanded the Lithuanian Government recall its ambassador to China,” it added.

“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.”

Lithuania stated earlier this yr it plans to open its personal consultant workplace in Taiwan, and has donated 20,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the island.

Only 15 nations have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, however many others have de facto embassies, usually termed “trade offices”, as is the case for the European Union, of which Lithuania is a member state.

China has ramped up strain on nations to not have interaction with Taiwan.

In February, the South American nation of Guyana revoked a deal for Taiwan to open a consultant workplace there solely a day after Taipei had introduced it. Taiwan blamed Chinese “bullying” for the choice.


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