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2021.11.19 09:36

Lthuanian MPs visit Taiwanese office to give a ‘friendly welcome’

BNS2021.11.19 09:36

On Thursday, a group of Lithuanian MPs visited Taiwan’s representative office to give a “friendly welcome” after it opened earlier the same day.

"We with a group of lawmakers made a visit after getting the surprisingly good news today, announced by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Zygimantas Pavilionis, chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, told BNS. “During our break, we rushed to buy flowers, MP Emanuelis [Zingeris] bought a cake and we went to congratulate as citizens.”

Among those present were MPs Laima Andrikienė, Emanuelis Zingeris and Matas Maldeikis, representing the ruling conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats, as well as Social Democrat Dovilė Šakalienė.

Vytautas Landsbergis, the former leader of Lithuania’s Rebirth (Sąjūdis) movement, and political scientist Marius Laurinavičius also accompanied the lawmakers.

Pavilionis underlined that the representative office is open for cooperation with all Lithuanian citizens, legal entities, adding that one of its goals is to develop economic cooperation with Lithuania.

Taiwan is “the top 10 trade partner of the United States”, Pavilionis said. “I would suggest our businesses take advantage of it.”

Lithuania's decision to allow Taipei to open a representative office in Vilnius under its own name has angered China, which views the island as a breakaway province.

Several months ago, China recalled its ambassador to Vilnius and demanded that Lithuania withdraw its envoy to Beijing.

Elsewhere in the world, Taiwan's representative offices operate under the name of Taipei, in line with an international consensus that this does not run counter to the "one China" policy which prevents Taiwan from being treated as a separate state.

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