Jan. 28th, 2022

EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis in Brussels on 7 December 2021.   Photo: AP/ Olivier Matthys, File  

According to a story by Euronews on January 27th, 2022, it talks about how Brussels says it will launch a World Trade Organisation (WTO) case to challenge China’s alleged “discriminatory trade practices against Lithuania”. The European Commission said China’s trade practices were harming Lithuanian exporters and touching other exports from the EU’s single market.

“Launching a WTO case is not a step we take lightly,” said European trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis in a statement. “However, after repeated failed attempts to resolve the issue bilaterally, we see no other way forward than to request WTO dispute settlement consultations with China.”

The problems with China and Lithuania all started with Lithuania’s acknowledgement of Taiwan as a sovereign state, Lithuania also allowed Taiwan to open a representative office in Vilnius under its own name. The opening of the representative office prompted China to restrict diplomatic contacts with Lithuania in November 2021 and stop issuing visas to the country.

This is a typical reaction from the childish Chinese government, when they do not get what they want they throw all their toys out of the pram. Recently and certainly not surprisingly Lithuanian companies have complained about complicated trade restrictions when doing business with China. China’s foreign ministry denied in December that it was blocking imports from Lithuania.

“The claims that China’s authorities ‘are not clearing Lithuanian shipments’ and that ‘they are rejecting import applications from Lithuania’ is not true,” foreign ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao said. “If companies face technical problems in exporting certain products to China, they can report to competent Chinese authorities through normal channels.” Zhao added however that “the Lithuanian side bears the sole responsibility for the severe difficulties in China-Lithuania relations.”

The move prompted China to downgrade its relations with the Baltic country as China considers Taiwan part of its territory. Lithuania’s ambassador was expelled and China removed its ambassador from the country shortly afterwards. Lithuania is also among a handful of countries that have announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over China’s human rights record.

it is clear for everyone to see that the Chinese Communist Party always throws a childish tantrum when absolutely anyone from absolutely anywhere disagrees or has a different opinion than them. For things to improve with the trade deals between the two countries surely Lithuania needs to be careful about talking about Taiwan but surely China needs to grow up and stop acting like a spoilt little child.

For more information about this story please click the link: EU challenges China over ‘discriminatory trade practices against Lithuania’ 

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