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

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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