The Continental factory in Kaunas, Lithuania is pictured on December 17, 2021. As German firms consider closing factories in Lithuania, business groups in Europe say Beijing is effectively conducting a “trade boycott with repercussions throughout the EU”. Photo: Reuters
The Continental factory in Kaunas, Lithuania is pictured on December 17, 2021. As German firms consider closing factories in Lithuania, business groups in Europe say Beijing is effectively conducting a “trade boycott with repercussions throughout the EU”. Photo: Reuters

China-Lithuania tension: German firms may have to shut factories in Baltic state amid Beijing retaliation

  • China denies it is targeting multinational companies to discourage them from using Lithuanian-produced parts, but business groups report a ‘trade boycott’
  • German industries group warns it could be a ‘devastating own goal’ that shows China is willing to decouple itself economically from politically disagreeable partners

Topic |   China-EU relations
The Continental factory in Kaunas, Lithuania is pictured on December 17, 2021. As German firms consider closing factories in Lithuania, business groups in Europe say Beijing is effectively conducting a “trade boycott with repercussions throughout the EU”. Photo: Reuters
The Continental factory in Kaunas, Lithuania is pictured on December 17, 2021. As German firms consider closing factories in Lithuania, business groups in Europe say Beijing is effectively conducting a “trade boycott with repercussions throughout the EU”. Photo: Reuters
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