Lithuania has withdrawn its ambassador from China for consultations, MP Matas Maldeikis, head of the inter-parliamentary group for relations with Taiwan.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