China on Tuesday said it decided to recall its ambassador to Lithuania after the Lithuanian government announced it would allow the Taiwan authorities to open a "representative office" under the name of "Taiwan."
A spokesperson for China's foreign ministry said the Lithuania's move was "in disregard of China's repeated representations and articulation of potential consequences."
"The decision brazenly violates the spirit of the communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lithuania and severely undermines China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," the spokesperson said in a statement on the ministry's website.
"The Chinese government expresses its categorical opposition to this move. China has decided to recall its ambassador to Lithuania and demanded the Lithuanian government recall its ambassador to China," said the statement.
"The Chinese side warns the Lithuanian side that there is only one China in the world and the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China," the spokesperson said in the statement.
The spokesperson stressed that the one-China principle is a widely recognized norm of international relations and common consensus of the international community. "It is the political foundation for China to develop bilateral relations with other countries."
"The Chinese government and people have unswerving determination to achieve reunification of the country. The red line of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity shall not be crossed," the spokesperson added.
"We urge the Lithuanian side to immediately rectify its wrong decision, take concrete measures to undo the damage, and not to move further down the wrong path," said the spokesperson.
"We also warn the Taiwan authorities that 'Taiwan independence' is a dead end and any attempt at separatist activities in the international arena is doomed to fail," said the spokesperson.
(Compiled by Zhang Jian)