lørdag 11. desember 2021

Europe Raises China-Lithuania Trade Dispute With WTO Chief

The European Union raised its concerns over a growing dispute between member state Lithuania and China to the World Trade Organization as efforts by the bloc to get information from Beijing have been rebuffed. The EU raised Lithuania’s claim that China has applied “unannounced sanctions” on its products with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who discussed it with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, according to a diplomatic memo seen by Bloomberg. China has denied it’s blocking Lithuania’s exports.

Tensions between China and Lithuania have been escalating since Taiwan opened a representative office in the Baltic nation’s capital last month, something Beijing deems disrespectful to its sovereignty. China recalled its ambassador and downgraded ties with Lithuania. Vilnius asked the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, to intervene earlier this week.