RTI Radio Taiwan InternationalRTI Radio Taiwan InternationalTaiwan-Lithuania ties

  • 08 January, 2022

Despite the relatively small number of nations that officially recognize Taiwan, Taiwan does a great deal of  unofficial diplomacy through a network of representative offices around the world. These offices do all the work an official embassy does, and while China may not like them, it doesn’t usually object to them too loudly. Taiwan’s newest office, though, has set off a diplomatic storm. To outsiders, giving the Taiwanese representative office in Lithuania the name The Taiwanese Representative in Lithuania may seem like a straightforward thing to do. But Lithuania’s decision to let the office operate under that name has earned the country China’s wrath. Why all the fuss about a simple name? How has China retaliated against Lithuania?  And why doesn’t Lithuania just solve things by making Taiwan change the office’s name? To answer these questions, I’m talking this week with Eric Huang, Taiwan’s representative to Lithuania.