Paulius Lukauskas, representative of Lithuania in Taiwan, in Taipei on Monday
A liaison office had recently been set up in Vilnius. Now Lithuania has opened a representation in Taiwan itself. The Chinese leadership is fuming.
LItaly, despite strong pressure from China, has decided to work in an office representing its business interests in Taiwan recorded. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that diplomat Paulius Lukauskas has taken up his post as Lithuania's representative in Taipei. The move follows the establishment of a similar Taiwanese liaison office in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. Since the office has "Taiwan" in its name, China sees this as official recognition of the island's democratic republic.
as a reaction China downgraded its diplomatic relations with the EU member and imposed economic sanctions. The communist leadership claims Taiwan as part of its country. Beijing firmly rejects official contacts from other countries to Taipei, as shown by outraged reactions to recent visits by American delegations and European parliamentarians.
A 28-strong delegation of representatives from Lithuanian high-tech companies, led by Deputy Economy Minister Karolis Žemaitis, is currently visiting Taiwan to promote cooperation.