BEIJING. The Chinese Embassy in Lithuania temporarily suspended consular services until further notice for “technical reasons,” according to a statement on the mission’s website on Thursday, which was closed shortly after publication.
The suspension came after the Chinese regime on Sunday lowered its diplomatic relations with the Baltic country, expressing strong discontent with the opening of a de facto Lithuanian embassy in Taiwan.
The Chinese embassy’s statement was released at 1:36 pm GMT, as shown by a tag on its website, but disappeared by 2:00 pm GMT.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) claims that its territory is self-governing Taiwan, despite the fact that Taiwan is a de facto independent country with its own military forces, a democratically elected government and constitution. “
The CCP has stepped up pressure on countries to shorten or sever their relations with Taiwan, even unofficial ones.
Lithuania has official relations with China, not Taiwan, but angered Beijing earlier this year when it allowed the island to open an office in a country called Taiwan. In August, the Chinese regime recalled its ambassador.
The Epoch Times contributed to this report.