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World: Taiwan: China announces limiting diplomatic links with Lithuania

For Taiwanese, the threat of a Chinese invasion is part of life

  For Taiwanese, the threat of a Chinese invasion is part of life After decades of living with the threat of war, we cope by being both highly tense and unexpectedly relaxed.It is a joke that we Taiwanese make to poke fun at ourselves when we are with our foreign friends, Chinese or otherwise, but there is also truth to it.

Le soutien international à Taïwan s'est accru depuis l'arrivée au pouvoir du président chinois Xi Jinping (notre photo). © AP - Andy Wong International support in Taiwan has increased since the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping (our photo).

Tensions between China and Lithuania have just taken a new course. Beijing officially downgraded his diplomatic relations with Vilnius to the rank of "business representative", as a sign of protest after Taiwan established a "de facto" embassy in Vilnius. Only fifteen countries officially recognize Taipei compared to Beijing.

Since July, the relations between China and Lithuania are deteriorating around the question of Taiwan. Vilnius opened the first Taiwanese embassy in Europe for eighteen years, causing Beijing's anger that considers this as an affront to its "sovereignty and fundamental standards of international relations".

Taiwan opens Lithuania office as China condemns ‘egregious’ move

  Taiwan opens Lithuania office as China condemns ‘egregious’ move New office a further sign countries in eastern Europe willing to deepen cooperation with Taiwan despite China’s threats.Taipei announced on Thursday it had formally opened the office in the Baltic state – its first in Europe in 18 years – in defiance of a pressure campaign from Beijing.

"Only one China"

China is available for the use by Vilnius of the name "Taiwan representation office" that it considers as a major diplomatic gap: for Beijing, it is the abandonment of the Political commitment made at the establishment of diplomatic relations with China, with reference to the "one China policy".

Beijing indeed boasts the autonomous democratic island as part of its territory and swore to resume it one day, by force if necessary. China is also opposed to any official use of the word "Taiwan", for fear of conferring a sense of international legitimacy to the autonomous democratic island.

Difficulties for Lithuanian companies

In response to the Lithuanian Affront, Beijing has interrupted the circulation of freight trains to Lithuania, struggling Lithuanian companies exporting dairy products and has ceased to issue licenses to Export food products.

International support in Taiwan has increased since the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping. In recent months, unofficial diplomatic visits have multiplied between Taiwanese, European and American officials.

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