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2021.08.23 09:36

US pledges ‘ironclad’ solidarity as Lithuania develops ties with Taiwan – FM

LRT.lt2021.08.23 09:36

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis tweeted on Sunday that the United States has expressed “ironclad solidarity” with Vilnius as it develops ties with Taiwan.

During a call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Landsbergis said that China’s “aggressive pressure is unacceptable”.

On Saturday, Blinken tweeted that the US supports Lithuania amid “regional challenges" and its "decision to expand ties with Taiwan”.

This follows earlier diplomatic tensions between Vilnius and Beijing, which has withdrawn its ambassador from Lithuania and has demanded that Vilnius do the same. This came in response to Lithuania opening Taiwan’s diplomatic representation in the country, which will be attributed to Taiwan and not Taipei.

China considers this to be a breach of the One China policy, which acknowledges that there is only one Chinese government and other countries refrain from having formal ties with Taiwan, which Beijing sees as a breakaway province.

“We have offered solutions for our colleagues in Beijing [based] on how we see the situation,” Landsbergis told reporters on Monday. “We do not want to exacerbate the situation and we want solutions for ambassadors to return to work as soon as possible.”

Beijing has not yet responded, he added.

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