Eastern Express 12.08

The international diplomatic arena is still feeling repercussions of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. An increasing number of Western nations are now re-evaluating their relationship with the eastern global superpower, China.

Lithuanian Deputy Minister of Transport Agnė Vaiciukevičiūtė travelled to Taiwan this week, accompanied by a delegation of local entrepreneurs, to discuss possible cooperation within the transport sector.

Moreover, this year, Taiwan was visited by other Lithuanian deputy ministers: Deputy Minister of Economy Jovita Neliupšienė and Deputy Minister of Agriculture Egidijus Giedraitis.

Qu Baihua, charge d’affaires of China in Lithuania, warned that any visit by Lithuanian and foreign officials to Taiwan would be “against the One China principle” and called for such visits being avoided in the future. “Beijing believes that these visits by government officials were purely political,” he said.

According to the diplomat, the trade institution that Lithuania intends to open in Taiwan in September should not pose any problems as long as its name does not refer to, or mention, Taiwan.

However, Vilnius has already announced that its new office will be known as the trade representative office of Lithuania in Taipei.

Trade between lithuania and china

According to the Lithuanian statistical office, in December last year, the country’s exports to China dropped significantly, but increased to around EUR 22 mln in the second quarter of this year, compared with around EUR 9 mln in the first quarter.

To shed more light on this issue we were joined by Arunas Molis, political scientist and professor of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas.

What’s more…

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his scepticism towards the idea of implementing a general ban on Russian citizens entering his country.

The head of Russian-led separatist administration in Donetsk announced that by the end of the summer, and most likely in Mariupol, the trial of the captured personnel of the Ukrainian Azov Regiment will take place.

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