EU takes action against China on Lithuania
The European Union says it has launched action against China at world trade's governing body, for discriminatory practices against Lithuania.
Lithuania broke with diplomatic custom by agreeing that the Taiwanese office in Vilnius would bear the name Taiwan, instead of Chinese Taipei, and tit-for-tat embassy closures ensued.
And now, the bloc says, Beijing's spat with the Baltic country is hitting other EU exports.
The European Commission manages trade on behalf of the 27 EU member states and says it has built up evidence of Chinese restrictions.
They include a refusal to clear Lithuanian goods through customs, the rejection of import applications from Lithuania, and pressuring European companies to remove Lithuania from their supply chains when exporting to China.