Washington supports Lithuania-Taiwan relations – Nausėda convinced by Biden

With Lithuania embroiled in a diplomatic spat with China, Lithuanian leader Gitanas Nausėda has said his American counterpart has voiced backing of the stance of Vilnius over hosting a representation of Taiwan, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.
On Monday, November 1, Nausėda had a chance to talk to US President Biden during an official reception.
«I once again thanked the United States for its involvement in our defence and security. Of course, I asked for consistent support for our policy vis-à-vis China,» the Lithuanian President noted in Glasgow, Scotland. «Currently, Lithuania is a target, and we need to have the support of the US, the EU, and Australia. (..) President Biden said that [the US] is closely following Lithuania’s steps and that it supports us on this path.»
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This summer, on August 10, China’s Foreign Ministry recalled its ambassador to Lithuania and told Vilnius to follow suit. Relations between the two countries turned sour after Lithuania allowed Taipei to open a representation in Vilnius using the name ‘Taiwan’, a move that Beijing sees as an attempt to recognise the self-ruled island as an independent country.