Lithuania has withdrawn its ambassador from China for consultations, MP Matas Maldeikis, head of the inter-parliamentary group for relations with Taiwan, told LRT TV on Thursday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