Europe Seeks United Front in Lithuania’s Trade Feud With China



Katharina Rosskopf & Milda Seputyte | Bloomberg

The European Union is still struggling to rally behind a unified message over accusations that China is economically targeting Lithuania, a member of the bloc’s single market, over a diplomatic feud between the two governments.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 27 member states are discussing the situation in Brest, France, on Friday as the Lithuanian government says that restrictive Chinese measures are costing its companies tens of millions of euros.

Lithuania faces unofficial trade hurdles and a downgrade of diplomatic ties with China after it allowed Taiwan to open a representative office in its capital, a move Beijing deems a violation of its one-China principle. China also recalled its ambassador, though it denies it’s blocking the nation’s exports.

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