US trade chief expresses support for Lithuania amid China ‘coercion’


WASHINGTON: US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Friday (Jan 7) expressed sturdy US support for Lithuania and the European Union within the face of “economic coercion” from China throughout a name with EU Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, USTR mentioned in a press release.

The expression of support for Lithuania is the second this week from Tai, who had a name with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis on Wednesday.

Lithuania is below strain from China, which claims democratically dominated Taiwan as its personal territory, to reverse a call final yr to permit the island to open a de facto embassy in Vilnius below its personal identify.

China has recalled its ambassador to Lithuania and downgraded diplomatic ties, and is pressuring corporations like German automobile elements large Continental to cease utilizing Lithuanian-made elements. It has additionally blocked Lithuanian cargos from getting into China.

Source: CNA

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