EU Backs Lithuania In Conflict With China

In its dispute with China, the European Union (EU) stood up for Lithuania and requested an explanation from the PRC for the economic pressure being applied to the country. Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President, made a joint statement on China’s actions against Lithuania.

« In order to defend our interests and principles with other countries, the EU must maintain unity and solidarity. The European Union is prepared to defy all types of political pressure and coercion aimed at any of its members », authorities stated.

The EU became aware of Lithuanian goods being held up at Chinese customs, as well as China’s refusal to allow Lithuanians to import goods from the nation. The European Union backed Lithuania and demanded an explanation from China’s authorities. If the information is verified, the EU aims to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization.

At the same time, the European Union reaffirmed its recognition of the People’s Republic of China’s government as China’s sole government. The EU and its member states, on the other hand, continue to collaborate with Taiwan, where the parties share mutual interests.

After Vilnius agreed to approve the opening of Taiwan’s representation office in the country, a controversy arose between Lithuania and China. Such activities were deemed inappropriate by the PRC, and Lithuania was expelled from the Chinese customs system. Vilnius described the response as « unprecedented » and requested assistance from the EU.

source: reuters.com

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