During the conference in Brest, the overseas ministers talked over the Chinese steps versus Lithuania and their impression on other EU member states. — AFP file pic
BREST (France), Jan 15 — The European Union and China are arranging to hold a summit in late March, the EU’s foreign policy main Josep Borrell reported Friday amid issues in excess of a Chinese blockade of Lithuania’s exports.
“An EU-China summit is prepared, at initially glance for the end of March. It will give me a possibility to travel to China to get ready for it,” Borrell announced right after an casual meeting of EU overseas ministers in Brest, France.
The previous EU-China summit took place by using online video-meeting in June 2020 concerning the presidents of the EU establishments and Chinese leaders.
European Council President Charles Michel, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, and Borrell spoke at the time with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang just before holding an trade of views with President Xi Jinping.
The summit “will be an important second to see in which we are in our relations with China. There are matters that are heading very well, others fewer effectively,” Borrell stated.
During the meeting in Brest, the foreign ministers mentioned the Chinese steps from Lithuania and their influence on other EU member states, he stated.
The ministers expressed full solidarity with Lithuania and talks are less than way to “pursue de-escalation in this crisis,” he reported.
In November, China downgraded diplomatic ties with Lithuania and stopped issuing visas there in protest at Vilnius’s choice to allow Taiwan to open up a agent office underneath its own name.
Beijing baulks at any official use of the phrase Taiwan lest it lend a perception of intercontinental legitimacy to the island, which China considers section of its territory.
Numerous Lithuanian corporations and organization leaders complained previous month that China was blocking their exports as their items were not clearing customs in the region.
EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis informed a German newspaper that Chinese customs was also not processing items from other EU nations if they contain components from Lithuania.
The EU is discussing draft regulation against what it considers coercive and overwhelming measures — a device aimed at punishing swiftly any place employing financial sanctions to exert tension in opposition to the EU or one of its associates. — AFP
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