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US supports Lithuania against Chinese pressure – EURACTIV.com

Lithuania said that US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken spoke with the Lithuanian Foreign Minister on Saturday (August 21) and agreed to take “bilateral coordinated actions” to help Lithuania bear pressure from China’s decision to develop relations with Taiwan.

On August 10th, China asked Lithuania to withdraw its ambassador to Beijing and stated that it would continuously recall the Chinese envoy to Vilnius because this Baltic country allowed Taiwan, which China claims to have sovereignty, to open a de facto embassy there in its own name.

A dispute broke out last month when Taiwan, which China considers to be part of its territory, stated that it would set up a representative office in Vilnius under the name “Taiwan” instead of “Taipei.” Beijing interpreted this behavior as a diplomatic insult.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on a conference call on Sunday that Brinken and Landsbergis agreed that “China’s unilateral aggression against Lithuania and political pressure” is totally unacceptable.

The statement did not provide any details of the bilateral actions agreed.

In another statement, Brinken “emphasized that in the face of the coercive behavior of the People’s Republic of China, the United States firmly supports our NATO ally and EU partner Lithuania.”

China regards democratically ruled Taiwan as its sovereign territory. The United States is Taiwan’s most powerful international supporter and major weapons supplier.

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