Defying Beijing Warnings, Taiwan Opens Embassy in Lithuania

AFP — Taipei announced on Thursday it had formally opened a de facto embassy in Lithuania using the name of Taiwan, a significant diplomatic departure that defied a pressure campaign and warnings by Beijing.

China tries to keep Taipei isolated on the world stage and baulks at any official use of the word “Taiwan” lest it lend a sense of international legitimacy to the island, which Beijing claims as part of its territory and has vowed to one day seize, by force if needed.

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