China Downgrades Diplomatic Ties with Lithuania Over Taiwan Embassy Row

China Downgrades Diplomatic Ties with Lithuania Over Taiwan Embassy Row


AFP — China has officially downgraded diplomatic ties with Lithuania in protest, the foreign ministry in Beijing said Sunday, after Taiwan established a de facto embassy in Vilnius.

Lithuania allowing Taipei to open an office using the name Taiwan was a significant diplomatic departure that defied a pressure campaign by Beijing.

China baulks at any official use of the word “Taiwan”, lest it lend a sense of international legitimacy to the island — which it considers a part of its territory to be taken one day.

“The Chinese government had to lower diplomatic relations between the two countries… to safeguard its sovereignty and the basic norms of international relations,” the ministry said in a statement announcing the downgrade to the charge d’affaires level.

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