'We're not bullies!' China hits back at neighbours as Taiwan tensions soar

Lithuania’s counterpart foreign ministry expressed regret over China’s decision to downgrade relations.

In a statement, they said: “Lithuania reaffirms its adherence to the One China policy, but at the same time has the right to expand cooperation with Taiwan.”

Taiwan is another source of escalating tensions in the South China Sea, with Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen, warning of “catastrophic consequences” if Chinese military incursions continue in Taiwanese airspace.

At the start of October, Taipei warned of record numbers of Chinese aircraft incursions in Taiwanese airspace, adding that Taiwan would “do whatever it takes to defend itself” against Beijing.

source: express.co.uk