China’s Mission to the European Union has defended its decision to “expel” Lithuanian ambassador from Beijing, adding that the bloc should urge “its member states to correct their mistakes”.
Beijing recalled its ambassador from Vilnius after Lithuania agreed to host a “Taiwanese” de facto embassy. Lithuania’s envoy returned to Vilnius several weeks later.
Although Taiwan has other representations across the EU, they bear the name of Taipei. China considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province and considers any moves to recognise it as a breach of the One China principle.
Earlier this week, the prime minister of Slovenia, which holds the rotating EU Council presidency, called on member states to support Vilnius amid its ongoing diplomatic spat with China.
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša said the bloc had to show that “we will not let China threaten any of us”.
Beijing’s mission to the EU replied that the country “will not threaten anyone”.