(ConservativeInsider.org) – Lithuania seems to be upsetting China quite a bit despite its petite size and lesser ability to threaten an enormous nation. After the Baltic state allowed the self-governed island of Taiwan to open an embassy in its capital, Vilnius, China began imposing vicious sanctions on the country of under three million people as punishment.
On Tuesday, December 21, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė about China’s choice to block the importation of Lithuanian goods into its country. It turns out the communist country is also pressuring international companies, such as German car parts maker Continental, to stop using Lithuanian-made materials and goods.
The Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania addressed the current struggle on Twitter:
#Lithuania is facing multiple waves of coercion from authoritarian China, including undeclared and illegal economic sanctions. #Taiwan with similar experiences will help. #Taiwan also calls for all democratic countries to support #Lithuania together.https://t.co/ai9Z52m9BM
— The Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania (@TW_in_LT) December 21, 2021
According to a readout of the call, Blinken “underscored ironclad US solidarity” with Lithuania, which is both a NATO Ally and EU partner. The US likened China’s move to “economic coercion” and hopes other democracies around the world will support the Baltic state as China continues its pressure. However, this all comes alongside increased tension between the EU and China, further complicating the complex world of international relations.
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