The European Union will file a complaint against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO), saying it has collected a lot of evidence of China’s “economic coercion” against Lithuania. In response to the incident, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on January 27 that the so-called “Chinese coercion against Lithuania” is purely unfounded and reminded the EU to distinguish between right and wrong and be wary of Lithuania’s attempts to kidnap Sino-European relations.
According to the official website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on January 27, Zhao Lijian hosted a regular press conference. Asked whether the EU’s move would affect the arrangements for the China-Europe Summit, Zhao said he suggested asking the competent authorities about specific economic and trade issues. As a matter of principle, China has always acted in accordance with WTO rules.
Zhao also said that the so-called “China’s coercion against Lithuania” is purely fabricated, confusing black and white. The issue between neutrality is a political issue, not an economic one; the issue between neutrality is a problem caused by the breach of trust and justice by the Chinese side, not a problem caused by China exerting pressure on Lithuania; the issue between neutrality is a bilateral issue between neutrality, not a problem between China and Europe.
Zhao urged Lithuania to immediately correct its mistake, and reminded the EU to distinguish right from wrong, to be wary of Lithuania’s attempts to kidnap China-EU relations, and to advise Lithuania to fulfill the political commitments it made when establishing diplomatic relations with China, just like other EU member states.
On the question of whether the EU’s move will affect the arrangements for the China-Europe Summit, Zhao responded that China and Europe have been maintaining communication on high-level contacts between the two sides and will release information in a timely manner if there is any.