The new office in the Lithuanian capital is first named “Taiwan”
Taipei (Taiwan News) – After news that Taiwan will soon open a representative office in Lithuania, the peaceful Chinese government has called on the Baltic state to return to the “one China” principle.
The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday (July 20) the opening of a representative office in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. The new diplomatic mission, which is scheduled to open later this summer, has been renamed the Taiwanese Representation in Lithuania.
In particular, the office was the first in Europe to include the word “Taiwan” in its name, unlike the Taipei mission in the Republic of Latvia, which was responsible for relations with Latvia, as well as neighboring Lithuania and Estonia.
On Tuesday, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the Taiwanese office “Business, Traveling and Friendly Cooperation between the Peoples of Lithuania and Taiwan”.
On the same day, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Joe Lijian (趙立堅) said at a regular press conference that China was “strongly opposed to any formal exchange and reciprocal establishment of so-called” representations “between Taiwan and countries with diplomatic relations with China. “
Joe urged the Lithuanian government to adhere to the “one China” principle and reiterated the CPC’s repeated statement that “Taiwan independence” is a stalemate.
Relations between Taiwan and the Baltic state are becoming increasingly warm.
Lithuania plans to open a representative office in Taipei sometime this fall, and last month Vilnius pledged to donate 20,000 doses of the vaccine, thanks to 100,000 surgical masks sent to Taipei, to help COVID initially support the supply of personal protective equipment in the Baltics. -19 pandemic. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrilius Landsbergis called the donation a sign of solidarity, tweeting that “Freedom-loving people must take care of each other!”