torsdag 4. mars 2021

Lithuania to open Taiwan trade office, the latest sign of discontent with China by a ‘17+1’ member

Lithuania will open an “enterprise office” in Taiwan by the end of the year, its Ministry of Economy and Innovation said on Wednesday, a move that risks irking Beijing at a troubled time for the European country’s relations with China. The office will be aimed at “strengthening and diversifying of economic diplomacy in the Asian region”, a department spokesperson said, confirming an earlier Reuters report.

The move by Lithuania is just the latest sign of discontent by a member state in the “17+1”, an informal trade group of China and 17 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries founded in 2012. Also on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told the local news outlet that Lithuania gets “almost no benefits” from the group.