Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that Lithuanian Deputy Transportation Minister Agne Vaiciukevičiūtė is leading a delegation of 11 members to Taiwan starting August 7.
The high-profile visit is expected to last 5 days. Focus Taiwan reports that the delegation includes Lithuanian government officials and electric bus sector leaders.
The Lithuanian officials will meet with Taiwan’s top electric bus manufacturers and transportation authorities for potential cooperation in the electric bus, smart transportation, and green transportation sectors.
Their presence will also play as a gesture of solidarity between two democratic partners and create business networks between the two nations.
This is the third in a string of travels by deputy ministers from the Eastern European nation to Taiwan. Lithuanian Ministry of the Economy and Innovation Vice Minister Jovita Neliupšienė came to the self-ruling island on June 12, and Ministry of Agriculture Vice Minister Egidijus Giedraitis on June 22.
There have been expectations that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan could spearhead more foreign legislators’ visits to the democratic island. Such is an opinion shared by Yun Sun, a senior fellow and director of the China Program at the Stimson Center to VOA Mandarin.
Sun said, “I think the current backlash from China, including some military threats, will lead to more democracies thinking they have to align together to stand against China. Following that line of thinking, I think we will see more parliament members visiting Taiwan to showcase their support for democracy.”
On August 2, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis tweeted, “Now Speaker Pelosi has opened the door to Taiwan much wider, I am sure other defenders of freedom and democracy will be walking through very soon.”
After Pelosi left the island for other destinations, Beijing has not stopped showcasing its fury. Aside from military drills, the Chinese government has also taken rage on Taiwanese imports.
Still, Ali Wyne, a senior analyst at Eurasia Group views the House Speaker as putting China in a lose-lose position.
Wyne told VOA, “If it does not respond, it [the Chinese leadership] worries that it may lose political legitimacy at home and project weakness abroad, inviting other high-profile leaders to visit Taiwan and revealing that China’s alleged ‘red lines’ are not, in fact, inviolate.”