Lithuania trade: Vilnius is learning the cost of standing up to Beijing. Without more E.U. backing, it may be forced to sit back down.

Much depends on the European response. It is possible that Europe, European companies, large multinationals, will put pressure on Lithuania. It is now a question of whether the European Union can withstand the pressure because obviously it is not so difficult to put a lot of pressure on Lithuania and expect it to break. Because there is not much pressure that we can bear. But if we stand together, if we respond very clearly that such coercion is not only directed against a country in the union that China tends to dislike, but that it is more of a foray into the single market, we send the signal that this is contrary to European rules.

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