Lithuanian Chinese embassy suspends consulate service in Taiwan

Beijing-The Chinese embassy in Lithuania has temporarily suspended the consulate’s service until further notice for “technical reasons”, a statement withdrawn shortly after it was announced on the mission’s website on Thursday. Said.

He was suspended after the Chinese government downgraded diplomatic relations with the Baltic states on Sunday and expressed strong dissatisfaction with the opening of a de facto Lithuanian embassy in Taiwan.

A statement from the Chinese embassy was published at 13:36 GMT, and the time stamp on its website showed it, but it had disappeared at 14:00 GMT.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claims Taiwan as its territory, despite Taiwan being a virtually independent country with its own military, democratically elected government, and constitution. .. “

The Chinese Communist Party is pressing countries to reduce or break relations with Taiwan, even if it is informal.

Lithuania has a formal relationship with China, not Taiwan, but angered Beijing earlier this year when Beijing allowed it to open an office in the country under the name Taiwan. The Chinese government recalled the ambassador in August.

The Epoch Times contributed to this report.