Taiwan's representative office in Lithuania is expected to launch activities this summer, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, following Taipei's announcement that it will set up an office in Lithuania separately from China.
The ministry said in a press release that it “has received a notification from Taipei that a Taiwanese representative office will be opened in Lithuania”.
“It will be registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and granted a status of another representation. It will start its activities as soon as the head of the office arrives this summer,” it said.
“Lithuania is interested in expanding its cooperation with Taiwan in various fields, laying particular emphasis on the development of economic relations and cultural exchanges. The Taiwanese representative office in Vilnius will undoubtedly contribute to the promotion of closer people-to-people contacts between Lithuanians and Taiwanese, and better mutual understanding.”
Lithuania is planning to open a trade office in Taipei this autumn, according to the press release.
“We're proud to announce the planned establishment of The Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania,” Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu tweeted earlier on Tuesday.
“The facility represents real progress in the bilateral relationship & success of efforts to deepen & expand Taiwan's ties with countries in the EU & throughout Europe,” he said.
Earlier this year, the Lithuanian government voiced plans to open a business representation in Taiwan to expand its economic diplomacy in Asia. Beijing, which regards Taiwan as part of China, has voiced opposition against Lithuania's moves to deepen economic cooperation with the island.