"There are no official announcements, so I am reacting to this as a kind of rhetoric, which, in our opinion, is unjustified," he told the Ziniu Radijas radio station.

In response to Deputy Transport Minister Agne Vaiciukeviciute's visit to Taiwan last week, China said that it was imposing sanctions on her and suspending "all forms of exchange" with the ministry and "exchange and cooperation with Lithuania in the field of international road transport".

Skuodis said that the delegation went to Taiwan "purely for the reason of economic ties".

"There were no talks on any sensitive political aspects," he said, adding that "the visit is fully in line with Lithuania's position".

Lithuanian vice-ministers' visits have been acceptable to China so far and only the last one has been met with a strong reaction, according to the minister.

Lithuania's economic relations with China have been minimal for a year now and "little can be done" to affect them further, he said.

Lithuania is planning to open a trade office in Taipei in September.

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