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19:11  27 january  2022
19:11  27 january  2022 Source:   pressfrom.com

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The EU is presenting with a new WTO procedure against China. Reason are trading restrictions that Beijing had adopted for a diplomatic dispute against the Member State of Lithuania.

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These are not compatible from the European point of view to the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and also affect other exports from the EU internal market. Also affected are German companies, which want to talk about concern for possible retaliatory measures but not publicly talking about it.

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"China animates multinational companies to give up the use of Lithuanian components in their production, as they could otherwise be exposed to import restrictions," explained the competent EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis on Thursday. Since December 1, the Chinese customs have also been ensuring that Lithuania was no longer on the Chinese market. At the same time, Chinese companies canceled orders in Lithuania. In addition, Chinese exports were restricted to Lithuania.

Exports stuck Fest

According to the Federal Association of German Industries, German exports to the People's Republic are currently stuck with suppliers from Lithuania on the border and do not reach German joint venture companies in China.

as the reason for the Chinese approach is believed that Lithuania has expanded its diplomatic relations with Taiwan by making Taiwan enabled to open a representative office under its own name in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. China reacted to it, because it looks at the democratic Taiwan as a renegade province and not as an independent state.

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the accusation that it is the Baltic country with trading restrictions Acraft, Beijing rejects. The codes are "unfounded and contradict the facts," Zhao Lijian said, a spokesman for the Beijing Foreign Ministry. It is a purely political and not an economic examination. Zhao also spoke of a "bilateral affair" between China and Lithuania.

"We hope that the EU is correctly distinguished from wrong and vigilant to Lithuania's attempt remains to take the relationship between China and the EU as a hostage," he said. Lithuania should return to the "right way" and hold on to the one-china principle, what Taiwan and China belong together.

As a first step in the WTO procedure, consultations with China are now provided. If these are denied or failed by Beijing, the EU could bring the case in front of an arbitral tribunal. This in turn could then allow the EU to impose retaliatory measures such as criminal tariffs on Chinese imports.

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Hope for Lithuania

A disadvantage for Lithuania is that there would be a possible arbitration procedure at least until the coming year and the consequences of Chinese measures were ultimately enormous. Thus, the Chinese customs statistics according to EU data in December had a decline in trade between Lithuania and China by 91 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

The Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis was still pleased with the EU procedure. "We welcome the European Commission's decision to construct consultations with China on behalf of the EU.» The EU has sent the clear embassy to China that they would not tolerate a politically motivated economic forced.

hope for Lithuania that the EU's ongoing work can quickly be completed in a new trade-policy retaliatory instrument. It would empower the Commission to adopt trade or investment restrictions against third countries, which inadmissantly intervene in the EU's political decisions or Member States.

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