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China demands Lithuania withdraw envoy in row over Taiwan

Beijing offended by the opening of Taiwanese Representative Office in Vilnius

A center-right coalition, which came to power in Lithuania in October 2020 promoting a "values-based foreign policy," began to form closer ties with Taiwan by sending COVID-19 vaccines, as well as agreeing to open mutual representative offices.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) -- China demanded Lithuania on Tuesday withdraw its ambassador in Beijing and said it would recall China's envoy to Vilnius in a row over the Baltic state allowing Chinese-claimed Taiwan to open a de facto embassy there using its own name.

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