Lithuania recalls Beijing Ambassador to China-Taiwan Spat

Vilnius, Lithuania-Lithuania recalled its ambassador to China on Friday following a decision by the Baltic States to allow autonomous Taiwan to open an office in the capital under its own name.

The Foreign Ministry said Ambassador Diana Mikevicien was recalled from Beijing for talks “following a statement by the Chinese government on August 10.”

Last month, China recalled the Lithuanian ambassador and told the Baltic states, “We must take concrete steps to immediately correct the wrong decision and undo the damage, and not go further on the wrong path.” ..

The statement referred to Lithuania’s “potential consequences” of allowing the office to open but not giving details.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed regret over China’s actions and is ready to build mutually beneficial relationships with Taiwan, like many other countries in the world, while respecting the “One China” principle. He emphasized that it was done.

China states that Taiwan is part of its territory and is not entitled to diplomatic recognition, but Taiwan is all major through its trade office, which acts as a de facto embassy, ​​including the United States and Japan. We maintain an informal relationship with the country. China’s pressure has reduced Taiwan’s official diplomatic allies to just 15.

In July, Taiwan and Lithuania agreed to name the capital Vilnius office Taiwan instead of Chinese Taipei, a term commonly used in other countries, to avoid offending Beijing. bottom.

On Friday, the Lithuanian ministry said a diplomat from the European Union, of which Lithuania is a member, had expressed solidarity with Mikevicien. According to the ministry, EU deputy ambassador Tim Harrington said dozens of EU diplomats gathered to show solidarity while Lithuanian diplomats wanted to leave Beijing and return soon. I shared a joint photo on Twitter on Friday.

Lithuania said the embassy in Beijing “continues to operate normally.”

Associated Press

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