In a challenge to China, Lithuania appoints new envoy to Taiwan

Updated: Aug 18 2022 8:18PM

Beijing, Aug 18 (PTI) Lithuania, a tiny European country, on Thursday appointed its first representative to Taiwan, challenging the 'one China' policy firmly advocated by Beijing which claims the self-ruled island as its own territory.

Paulius Lukauskas, an adviser to Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, has been appointed as the country’s first representative to Taiwan, the Taiwanese Ministry of the Economy and Innovation announced on Thursday. He is expected to arrive in Taipei next month to open the office.

China considers Taiwan as part of its mainland and opposes any open diplomatic links with Taipei.