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Lithuania will get US trade support as it grapples with China’s wrath over Taiwan

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken arrives with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielus Landsbergis in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department before a meeting in Washington, DC, US, September 15, 2021. Mandel Ngan/Paul via Reuters

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VILNIUS (Reuters) – Lithuania will sign a $600 million export credit agreement with the U.S. Export-Import Bank next week, Economy Minister Usrin Armonite told Reuters, days after China warned it would take all necessary measures after Lithuania allowed Taiwan to enter. To open a de facto embassy.

In August, China demanded the Baltic state withdraw its ambassador to Beijing and said it would recall China’s envoy in Vilnius after Taiwan announced that its office would be called the Taiwanese representative office in Lithuania.

Other Taiwan offices in Europe and the United States use the name of the capital, Taipei, avoiding reference to the island itself, which China claims as its territory.

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis in August and they agreed on “coordinated bilateral action” to help the country withstand pressure from China.

“We believe that economic relations with democratic countries are more stable and sustainable, they are based on the rule of law, so they better meet Lithuanian interests,” Landsbergis told reporters in Vilnius on Thursday.

“Lithuania has only itself to blame, and it has to pay for what it has done,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing on Friday. Read more

Lithuania said earlier this year that it would no longer participate in a Beijing-led trade grouping with central European countries.

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Additional reporting by Andrios Setas in Vilnius; Edited by Giles Algood

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