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How the EU is challenging China over a trade crackdown on Lithuania

While Beijing punishes Vilnius for its deepening diplomatic ties with Taiwan, an EU case against China at the World Trade Organization could mark a turning point in the dispute, reports William Yang in Taipei

Sunday 20 February 2022 08:46 GMT
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Taiwanese and Lithuanian flags are displayed at the Taiwanese Representative Office in Vilnius, Lithuania
Taiwanese and Lithuanian flags are displayed at the Taiwanese Representative Office in Vilnius, Lithuania (Reuters)

In recent months, Lithuanian businessman Ričardas Sedinkinas has seen many of his compatriots being forced to find other markets for their goods following China’s trade crackdown on the Baltic state over its diplomatic support for Taipei.

Beijing has reportedly told multinationals, including car parts giant Continental, to sever ties with and stop sourcing from Lithuania, and recently suspended imports of beef, dairy and beer from the country – troubling both officials and businesses in Vilnius and drawing criticism as well as a legal challenge from the EU.

“Businesspeople from Lithuania have told me about the great impact that comes with China’s coercive moves,” Taipei-based Mr Sedinkinas – who imports amber from his home country – told The Independent.

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