Ohas come close to declaring a trade war against a member of the European Union. On Friday, December 3, Lithuania announced that the People’s Republic of China had erased it from its customs records, making it impossible for any trade between the two countries. Taken in retaliation for the rapprochement of the Baltic state with Taiwan, this unprecedented sanction comes precisely at the moment when the European Union must reveal its “anti-coercive instrument”, this Wednesday, December 8, an arsenal of countermeasures to dissuade the other major commercial powers to increase economic sanctions. Last twist on Tuesday: the Lithuanians announced that they had reappeared on the Chinese lists, indicating that Beijing had turned back.
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