On Friday afternoon, the Chinese embassy in Reykjavík ordered a Chinese delegation to abruptly end a meeting being held with officials from the Icelandic Ministry of Health.
Soon after the meeting had started the Chinese delegation received a telephone call and shortly thereafter stood up to leave. The Chinese embassy in Iceland later explained that the sudden change of events was due to Taiwan’s foreign minister, Tan Sun Chen visit to Iceland. (See Daily News, July 1, China Threatens Iceland).
China’s ambassador in Iceland had declared earlier that the visit, although unofficial, would have serious consequences. According to the daily Morgunblaðið, China plans to suspend all official visits from China to Iceland.