China Withdraws Ambassador to Lithuania

China has requested Lithuania withdraw its ambassador from Beijing and announced it would return China’s envoy to Vilnius on Tuesday.

“The Chinese Government expresses its categorical opposition to this move. China has decided to recall its ambassador to Lithuania and demanded the Lithuanian Government recall its ambassador to China,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

“China solemnly declares to the world that there is only one China in the world, and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China,” it added.

The island of Taiwan was granted permission to build a representative office in Vilnius, angering Beijing, which claims the territory as its own.

“We urge the Lithuanian side to immediately rectify its wrong decision, take concrete measures to undo the damage, and not to move further down the wrong path,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged.

Lithuania said China’s decision was “disappointing.”

“We are considering our next moves,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said.

Earlier this year, Lithuania said that it would build a representative office in Taiwan and had donated 20,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the island.

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