China Refused To Prolong ID For Lithuanian Diplomats
Lithuanian Minister said, they were given extremely short time to leave China.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said that Chinese regime had informed diplomats that their identification cards would soon no longer be valid.
We were given extremely short time…We asked for a longer period, simply because it would be complicated to arrange that return so quickly. We did not get any answer to the request, and people returned as fast as possible, he added.
The day earlier a group of 19 people comprising embassy personnel and dependents left Beijing en route to Paris, a diplomatic source told media. Another diplomat had called their departure a response to intimidation.
Beijing regime downgraded diplomatic ties with Lithuania last month after Taiwan opened a representative office in the Baltic state’s capital.