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Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: EU solidarity is the most effective tool of resistance against China’s political and economic pressure

Created: 2022.01.14 / Updated: 2022.01.14 20:39
    Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis: EU solidarity is the  most effective tool of resistance against China’s political and economic pressure

    On 14 January, at the informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union (Gymnich) in Brest, France, Foreign Ministers discussed the EU’s relationship with China and EU's response to its unilateral use of economic and trade instruments for exerting political pressure.

    “To influence decisions taken by a sovereign state, China has not only used bilateral trade as a political tool for exerting pressure, but has also targeted both international supply chains and the EU, as a single market and a trade bloc. China exerts economic pressure on EU enterprises, trying to tell them with whom to develop trade and where to invest. At the same time, it is also a serious violation of international trade rules and its commitments to the World Trade Organisation," said Landsbergis.

    “China went one step too far by challenging the EU single market, therefore we must send a clear message that such actions will not be tolerated and seek a systematic response to China’s aggressive policy. Firstly, the EU should, as soon as possible, agree on its new anti-coercion instrument, which would allow the bloc to deter the third countries that resort to trade limitations aiming to change the policies of the EU or its countries," said the Foreign Minister.

    Foreign Ministers also discussed the presence of the Wagner Group forces in Mali and expressed a concern that this could worsen the highly fragile security situation in the country, jeopardise the efforts of the EU and its partners to rebuild Mali army, and encourage an indefinite postponement of elections. 

    Foreign Ministers will also met with Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chair of the African Union Commission, and Aissata Tall Sall, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal, to discuss the European Union-African Union summit to be held in Brussels on 17 and 18 February 2022.

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