- The United States has reaffirmed its support for Lithuania and the European Union in the face of disputes with China.
- Last year, Lithuania allowed Taiwan to use the name “Taiwan” for its representation in Vilnius. China, on the other hand, regards Taiwan as part of its own territory and has therefore put pressure on Lithuania.
- Among other things, diplomatic and economic relations were restricted. In this context, the United States speaks of China’s “coercion.”
U.S. Trade Representative Catherine Toy said after a phone call with EU Vice President Valdis Domprovsky. A later statement from Tai’s office spoke of “the economic compulsion of the EU and the people of Lithuania to the People’s Republic of China.”
The Baltic government, one of the smallest countries in the European Union, stepped on the world stage when Taiwan allowed the opening of an embassy in Vilnius in the summer of 2020.
This offer is not welcome in Beijing. China does not recognize Taiwan as a country, but rather considers the island as a separate province. In retaliation, Beijing severed diplomatic and trade ties with Lithuania.
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