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Lithuania pulls diplomats from China as row deepens over Taiwan ties

By Katherine Hille, Richard Milne, Demetri Sevastopulo

15 Dec 2021 · 3 min read

Lithuania has pulled its remaining diplomats out of China over concerns for their safety, in a sharp escalation of bilateral tensions as Beijing retaliates against the Baltic nation’s efforts to strengthen ties with Taiwan.

Audra Ciapiene, Lithuania’s interim chargé d’affaires in China, the country’s most senior diplomat in Beijing after the ambassador’s recall in September, returned to Vilnius on Wednesday for consultations. The embassy will temporarily operate remotely, the foreign ministry in Vilnius told the Financial Times.

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