The United States said that it is standing with Lithuania as the EU nation faces economic coercion from China.

In a readout released on April 22, the U.S. Treasury Department said its Deputy Secretary of Treasury, Wally Adeyemo met with Lithuanian Finance Minister Gintare Skaiste this week to confirm its support.

According to the readout, Adeyemo “reaffirmed strong U.S. support for Lithuania as it faces economic coercion from the People’s Republic of China.”

China has boycotted the products from Lithuania after it allowed Taiwan to open a representative office there. Beijing regards the island as its territory.

In his discussion with the Lithuanian partner, Adeyemo praised the Baltic country’s leadership for standing up against Beijing’s trade blockade.

Adeyemo and Skaiste discussed measures for maintaining economic pressure while at the same time avoiding unintended effects on the world economy.

They also mentioned the Russia-Ukraine war, saying that implementing and enforcing more sanctions on Moscow and Belarus is needed.

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