Amid escalating tensions with China, Taiwan has announced that it will welcome Lithuanian parliamentarians


Following a widening disagreement between Beijing and Vilnius over the Baltic state’s decision to allow the island to build a de facto embassy, Taiwan will welcome a delegation of Lithuanian legislators next week.
Beijing downgraded diplomatic ties with Lithuania on Sunday (November 21), expressing displeasure with the situation. China views Taiwan as a renegade province that must be reunified by force if necessary.
Mr Matas Maldeikis, leader of the Lithuanian Parliament’s Taiwan friendship group, will visit Taipei from December 2 to 3 to attend a legislative forum with colleagues and parliamentarians from Latvia and Estonia, according to Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry.
There will be ten delegates from the three Baltic states in attendance. According to the ministry, the group would also meet Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and other top officials. Beijing had previously voiced its displeasure with Lithuania, which has diplomatic connections with China but not with Taiwan, allowing the island to build an office in the nation under the name Taiwan earlier this summer. In August, China recalled its ambassador.
Other Taiwanese offices in Europe and the United States refer to the city of Taipei rather than the island itself. The Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania, on the other hand, finally opened last week. Washington has voiced alarm about China’s response and has offered Vilnius assistance in defying Chinese pressure. Taiwan has formal diplomatic relations with only 15 nations.


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