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Taiwan, Lithuania Ties Grow Despite Pressure From Beijingon July 20, 2021 at 1:57 pm

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TAIPEI, Taiwan—Taiwan will exchange representative offices with Lithuania, the self-governed island said Tuesday, in a breakthrough for its foreign relations that are under constant pressure from China. The offices will seek to enhance economic and trade relations, along with cooperation in various other fields, the island’s Foreign Ministry said. The office will bear the name of Taiwan, rather than “Chinese Taipei,” the term used in other countries in order not to offend Beijing, which claims the island as its territory without the right to diplomatic recognition. “The governments of Taiwan and Lithuania have mutually agreed after intensive negotiations that Taiwan will soon establish a representative office in the Lithuanian capital city of Vilnyus,” Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said. “The name of the representative office will be ‘The Taiwanese representative office in Lithuania.’ The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aggressively working on the preparations,” Wu said. Taiwan’s first-ever representative office …

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