China’s trade halt with Lithuania over Taiwan ties sends warning to Europe

The Guardian

Helen Davidson in Taipei
Taiwan foreign minister Joseph Wu announces an exchange of offices with Lithuania in July. The plan has enraged Beijing. Photograph: AP

China’s use of trade as a weapon in diplomatic disputes appears to be now targeted at Lithuania, home to fewer than 3 million people, after the Baltic nation agreed to exchange diplomatic offices with Taiwan.

But Beijing’s unofficial halt to its already limited trade with Lithuania is more about sending a warning to the rest of Europe, analysts have said.

Lithuania and Taiwan have agreed to establish mutual representative offices as a sign of deepening ties between the two governments. In response Beijing recalled its ambassador from Vilnius and expelled Lithuania’s from Beijing.

Publish : 2021-08-26 13:01:00

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