Estonian President Alar Karis (right) and Latvian President Egils Levits (second from right) join a show of support in April for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (centre), along with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda (left) and Polish President Andrzej Duda. On Thursday, Estonia and Latvia said they were leaving China’s 16+1 group. Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service via AFP
Estonian President Alar Karis (right) and Latvian President Egils Levits (second from right) join a show of support in April for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (centre), along with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda (left) and Polish President Andrzej Duda. On Thursday, Estonia and Latvia said they were leaving China’s 16+1 group. Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service via AFP

Estonia and Latvia leave China’s 16+1 trade group for central and eastern European nations

  • Foreign ministries of both pledge to seek relations ‘based on mutual benefit, respect for international law, human rights and the international rules-based order’
  • Departures follow Lithuania’s exit last year, and reduce membership of the 10-year-old group to China and 14 central and eastern European countries

Estonian President Alar Karis (right) and Latvian President Egils Levits (second from right) join a show of support in April for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (centre), along with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda (left) and Polish President Andrzej Duda. On Thursday, Estonia and Latvia said they were leaving China’s 16+1 group. Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service via AFP
Estonian President Alar Karis (right) and Latvian President Egils Levits (second from right) join a show of support in April for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (centre), along with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda (left) and Polish President Andrzej Duda. On Thursday, Estonia and Latvia said they were leaving China’s 16+1 group. Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service via AFP
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