Lithuania recalls ambassador from China for consultations

Lithuania has withdrawn its ambassador from China for consultations, MP Matas Maldeikis, head of the inter-parliamentary group for relations with Taiwan.

Ambassador Diana Mickevičienė should arrive in Lithuania shortly.

This comes in response to China withdrawing its envoy from Vilnius following Lithuania’s decision to host a “Taiwanese” embassy, a move that Beijing considers to be a red line. Although Taiwan has de facto embassies in other European countries, they are named after the capital city, Taipei.

China considers Taiwan to be a breakaway republic and considers any moves to acknowledge the state as a breach of the so-called One China policy, which says there is only one Chinese government.

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