VILNIUS (Reuters) – Lithuania stated on Friday it had recalled its ambassador from Beijing for consultations, in a dispute over Europe’s first consultant workplace for Taiwan to make use of the island’s title, which China views as a problem to its declare on the territory.
Taiwan stated in July the mission in Vilnius could be referred to as the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania. Other Taiwanese missions in Europe and the United States use the title of town Taipei, avoiding a reference to the island itself.
China on Aug. 10 demanded that Lithuania withdraw its ambassador in Beijing and stated it could recall China’s envoy to Vilnius after Taiwan introduced the new mission.
The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry stated its embassy in China was nonetheless working usually, regardless of the recall of the ambassador.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Lithuania’s international minister on Aug. 21 and agreed on “bilateral coordinated motion” to assist the nation face up to stress from China, Lithuania stated.
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China considers democratically ruled Taiwan to be its most delicate territorial subject as a part of “one China”, and is commonly angered by any strikes which could counsel the island is a separate nation.
(Reporting by Andrius Sytas in Vilnius; Editing by Peter Graff)
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