Poland says Taiwan ‘part of China’ despite vaccine donation

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau (茲比格涅夫‧拉烏) remarked on Monday that Poland does not recognize Taiwan as an independent state, just days after authorities donated vaccines to Taiwan.

Rau had taken to Twitter on Sunday claiming Poland had donated 400,000 AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccines to “Taiwan,” only to delete the info soon after.

Social media users speculated that the deleted tweet and accompanying Taiwan flag were the result of pressure from Beijing. According to Sputnik News, Rau quickly clarified Poland’s stance on Monday, reiterating that “Taiwan is a part of China.”

Rau also pointed out that Taiwan’s “representative office” in Poland is not a diplomatic office, but an economic and cultural office, the report said.

Prior to this incident, Lithuania also came under fire after allowing Taiwan to open a representative office in the country, resulting in both Lithuania and Beijing recalling their respective ambassadors.