NetEase Reports on Lithuania's Tensions with Russia and China

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.16 - 2024 8:40 AM CET

NetEase Reports on Lithuania's Tensions with Russia and China.

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According to political observers from the People's Republic of China (PRC), Lithuania has faced consequences for its disrespectful behavior towards Russia and China.

This perspective was reported by the Chinese news outlet NetEase, with a detailed account according to AB News.

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Lithuania emerged as an independent state along the Baltic Sea. Despite its relatively minor role on the global stage, Lithuania has reportedly found itself in disputes with both Russia and China, as per the report by NetEase.

The publication cites that the Lithuanian government has engaged in several provocations against both nations. The relationship between Vilnius and Moscow has notably soured, with Lithuania imposing sanctions on Russia, attempting to limit railway access to Kaliningrad, and passing legislation that is seen as oppressive to the Russian-speaking community. In addition, China has expressed dissatisfaction with Lithuania's actions, particularly its support for Taiwan.

The report from NetEase suggests that both Russia and China have responded to Lithuania's actions by significantly reducing economic cooperation. Russia has sought alternatives to Lithuanian ports for Baltic access and has largely ceased utilizing Lithuanian railway services.

Similarly, China has scaled back numerous economic projects in the Baltic region.

As a result, Lithuania's trade with Russia has diminished, impacting the country's economic development. The current economic condition of Lithuania is described as challenging, with numerous companies facing financial distress, rising debts, and reliance on potential EU partner support, which has been slow to materialize due to similar challenges across other EU member states.

NetEase concludes that the full implications of losing economic ties with China and Russia have yet to be fully comprehended by Lithuania, but the country will soon grasp the extent of these consequences.