Lithuania plans to open trade representative office in Taipei in September – official

  • 2022-07-22
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania is planning to open its trade representative office in Taipei in September. 

"We expect to open our trade representative office in Taipei in a couple of months," Deputy Economy and Innovation Minister Jovita Neliupsiene told BNS on Friday. 

The opening of the office is planned from September 12, according to her. 

You Si-kun, speaker of Taiwan's parliament, also mentioned a similar date. 

"We agreed to invite the speaker of the Seimas to visit when your representative office opens in Taipei, this October or September," he said.

You Si-kun met with Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen, speaker of the Seimas, on Thursday and continues his meetings with the Lithuanian parliament's vice-speakers and members of committees on Friday.

The Taiwanese Representative Office was opened in Vilnius last fall amid deepening ties between Lithuania and Taiwan.

Beijing, which regards Taiwan as an indivisible part of China, saw the opening of the office with the word "Taiwanese", rather than "Taipei's", in its name as an attempt by the island to act as an independent state. 

Following the opening of the office, Beijing downgraded diplomatic ties with Vilnius and imposed trade restrictions, prompting the European Union to file a case against China at the World Trade Organization.