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UK criticizes China’s “unacceptable pressure” on Lithuanian diplomats

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FILE PHOTO: British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss attends the G7 summit of foreign and development ministers in Liverpool, Britain December 11, 2021. Christopher Furlong / Pool via REUTERS

December 15, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s foreign secretary has criticized what she called “unacceptable pressure” from China after Lithuania’s diplomatic mission left the country on Wednesday in a hastily arranged exit. yellow.

Beijing, which has stepped up pressure on countries to sever ties with Taiwan, downgraded diplomatic ties with Lithuania in November after the island opened a representative office in the Baltic nation’s capital.

A diplomatic source told Reuters that a group of 19 people including Lithuanian embassy staff and dependents left Beijing en route to Paris on Wednesday.

“China’s pressure on Lithuanian diplomats in Beijing is unacceptable,” Liz Truss said on Twitter.

(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; editing by Michael Holden)

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