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China downgrades diplomatic relations with Lithuania

China has downgraded its diplomatic relations with EU country Lithuania. Relations will be downgraded to the chargé d’affaires level in order to “preserve China’s sovereignty and the basic norms of international relations,” the foreign ministry said in Beijing on Sunday. Chargés d’affaires are ranked below ambassadors in the diplomatic hierarchy. The background is the opening of a “Taiwan Representative Office” in Vilnius last Thursday (China.Table reported).

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