tirsdag 20. juli 2021

Taiwan to use its own name at new Lithuania office

Taiwan on Tuesday announced it will set up an office in Lithuania using its colloquial name in a significant diplomatic departure that sparked condemnation from China. Taiwan’s first diplomatic outpost in Europe in 18 years will be called the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania, not the Taipei Office. The self-ruled democracy of some 23 million people, known officially as the Republic of China, is only recognised as a country by 15 other nations.

Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu called the move “very significant”. “Lithuania is a good partner for Taiwan who shares the same values for freedom and democracy,” Wu said at a virtual briefing, adding both are on the “strategic frontline of defending democratic systems”.