China on Friday criticized the opening of an actual Taiwanese embassy in Lithuania as an “extremely flammable act”, saying that any move seeking Taiwanese independence is “doomed to failure”.
“There is only one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
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“We demand that the Lithuanian side immediately correct its wrong decision.”
Taipei announced on Thursday that it had formally opened the office in Vilnius using the name Taiwan, a significant diplomatic departure that defied Beijing’s pressure campaign.
“The Lithuanian government, despite the strong objection of the Chinese side and repeated dissatisfaction, has approved the establishment of the so-called ‘Taiwan Representative Office in Lithuania,'” the Beijing statement said.
“The Chinese government expresses strong protest and firm objection against this extremely flagrant act.
“The Lithuanian side is responsible for all the following consequences.”
China rejects any use of the word “Taiwan”, which gives a sense of international legitimacy to the democratic self-governing island that Beijing claims as part of its territory and has vowed to capture someday, by force if necessary.
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