Taiwan angers China with first Europe office using its name

Honor guards wearing protective masks raise a Taiwanese flag at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, on June 3, 2021. Photo: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg

Taiwan will set up its first office in Europe using the name "Taiwan," drawing a rebuke from China and praise from the U.S. as the island democracy seeks to strengthen its diplomatic presence around the globe in the face of pressure from Beijing.

The government in Taipei will open its office in the Baltic nation of Lithuania, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told a briefing Tuesday. Taiwan's other diplomatic outposts on the continent are under the name of "Taipei."..

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