• By The Financial District

China Stops Its Minimal Lithuanian Beef Imports Over Taiwan

China has suspended imports of beef from Lithuania since Wednesday, the General Administration of Customs said, amid a growing trade spat with the Baltic nation and its Western allies centered on Chinese-claimed Taiwan, Dominique Patton reported for Reuters.


Photo Insert: Lithuania allowed Taiwan to open a de facto embassy in its capital Vilnius last year, angering Beijing which regards the self-governed island as its own territory.



The agency typically halts imports of meat if exporting nations report outbreaks of disease in livestock. Lithuania has not reported any animal disease to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recently.


The move comes, however, after Britain said on Monday it will join the United States and Australia in backing an EU trade case against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Beijing's alleged trade curbs on Lithuania. China is the world's top importer of beef but shipments from Lithuania are minimal.



China imported just 775 tons of beef from Lithuania in 2021, out of a total of 2.36 million tons of beef imports that year, according to Chinese customs data.


The European Commission says Lithuanian exports to China fell 91% in December compared to the same month in 2020. Lithuania allowed Taiwan to open a de facto embassy in its capital Vilnius last year, angering Beijing which regards the self-governed island as its own territory.


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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, declined to elaborate on the beef suspension, but said Lithuania should correct its mistakes.


"What Lithuania should do is face up to facts, redress its own mistakes, and come back to the right track of adhering to the one China principle, instead of confusing right with wrong," Zhao lectured, referring to China's policy demanding countries recognize that Taiwan belongs to it despite not having administered it for a single second.


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Taiwan's Foreign Ministry condemned the latest Chinese move, which it called "unilateral" and "bullying" and the latest example of Beijing trying to change Lithuania's foreign policy. "We firmly stand together with Lithuania," ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou told reporters.



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