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Lithuania warms to Taiwan as Eastern Europe grows wary of China

Taipei and Vilnius open mutual representative offices and expand ties

Taiwanese Foreign Minister speaks about exchanging representative offices with Lithuania during a media briefing in Taipei on July 20.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Lithuania's shift away from China began with a series of small diplomatic incidents.

During a rally for Hong Kong protesters in the capital Vilnius in the summer of 2019, Beijing's ambassador to Lithuania organized Chinese nationals in the country to stage a counter-demonstration. A few months later, a Chinese tourist removed a memorial to Hong Kong protesters at Lithuania's Hill of Crosses, a national symbol of resistance to Soviet rule.

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