China imposed sanctions on Lithuania’s deputy transport and communications minister, Agne Vaiciukeviciute, due to her visit to Taiwan.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced, on Friday, that engagement with the Lithuanian Transport Ministry is to be suspended.
“That trip was a major interference with China’s domestic affairs, it undermined [China’s] sovereignty and was in violation of this country’s territorial integrity,” the statement reads.
Earlier this month, tensions between Washington and Beijing began to escalate over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan Pelosi stressed that China cannot prevent world leaders or anyone from travelling to the island.
“While they may prevent Taiwan from sending its leaders to global forums, they cannot prevent world leaders or anyone from travelling to Taiwan to pay respect to its flourishing Democracy, to highlight its many successes, and reaffirm our commitment to continued collaboration,” she said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with U.S. President Joe Biden and discussed Taiwan in a call that lasted more than two hours.
During their phone conversation, Xi told Biden that Washington is wrong to view China as a long-term challenge and warned Washington not to “play with fire” over Taiwan. He also stressed that the two sides should maintain communication at all levels and promote bilateral cooperation.