German business representatives are taking an increasingly critical stance in the trade conflict between Lithuania and China, thus also increasing the pressure on Berlin. The Federation of German Industries (BDI) is now accusing Beijing of scoring a “disastrous own goal”. “China’s latest measures against Lithuania are having the effect of a trade boycott with repercussions for the entire EU,” the BDI announced. “Imports from China that are needed in German production facilities in Lithuania and exports from Germany to China that contain Lithuanian components are also affected” This action shows that China is willing to “economically decouple itself from politically disagreeable partners”. Nevertheless, it would be important to maintain economic relations with China at a high level.
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