According to Creaders, China Customs has quietly deleted all information related to Lithuania, which means that Lithuanian goods cannot be imported into China. This is a response to Lithuania’s permission for Taiwan to open its Taiwan representative office in Lithuania.
Responding to this, Lithuanian Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė announced on Dec. 3 that Lithuania’s exports to China accounted for only 1%.
Skaistė added that China is not Lithuania’s largest trading partner, and the Chinese Customs decision “will not have a fundamental impact” on the Lithuanian economy.
The finance minister also reminded Lithuanian companies of the dangers of commercial cooperation with China and Belarus.
She said the companies have to consider the risks that may arise when deciding to cooperate with China or Belarus.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said that Lithuania would seek the support of the European Commission to resolve the issue.
Al Jazeera reported that, since Dec. 1, China had removed information related to Lithuania from the electronic customs declaration system, leaving some forestry and furniture products in the Baltic country stuck in Chinese ports.
In November 2021, Taiwan opened a representative office in Vilnius. Since then, tensions between China and Lithuania have escalated. Beijing considers Vilnius’ move tantamount to insulting China’s sovereignty because China deemed Taiwan a part of its territory. Earlier, the Chinese authorities recalled their ambassador from Lithuania.