Tag: #Lithuania

Vilnius the Valiant No More? 

From its donation of 255,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to organizing a week-long parliamentary delegation to Taiwan, Lithuania has positioned itself as an early and reliable stalwart in the pursuit of closer ties between Europe and Taiwan. 

What 2021 Tells Us About the Future of China-CEE Relations

The year gone by was a tumultuous one for Europe’s relations with China, to say the least. With the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) put on hold, a round of sanctions imposed on China...

Voice for CHOICE #13: Examining China’s CEE Investment Aims with Ágnes Szunomár

Via the 16+1 platform, the Belt and Road, the Digital Silk Road, and more, there is no shortage of Chinese investment initiatives touching the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. This includes infrastructure projects dotting the Western...

China Pulls the Economic Coercion Card Against Lithuania 

In early December, Lithuanian companies began to sense the extent of the economic price they might pay for the diplomatic row between Vilnius and Beijing.  What initially appeared as a moderate diplomatic response was...

The Sino-Lithuanian Diplomatic Standoff Escalates

One year after entering office with a promise of an ambitious values-based foreign policy, the Lithuanian government is indeed creating ripples on the global stage.  Most prominently, Vilnius’ decision to leave China’s 17+1 format...

Can the EU Really Re-engage with China?

After a difficult year, Brussels appears to be attempting to mend fences with China and reestablish a dialogue.  Since September, the key word in Brussels has been “re-engage”. What re-engage means and how it...

Voice for CHOICE #11: Looking Into Lithuania’s Challenge to China

Lithuania has certainly not been shy about bucking the status quo in terms of relations with Beijing. Whether it be committing to a fight for freedom “from Belarus to Taiwan”, a withdrawal from the...

Beyond COVID-19 Diplomacy: Sustaining Momentum in CEE-Taiwan Relations

As the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis announced his country’s pledge to donate 20 thousand COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan, the Taiwanese people were quick to devise creative ways to demonstrate their gratitude. Rapidly, generous donations poured...

Taiwan, Lithuania, and a Small Country’s Big Challenge to Beijing

When Lithuanian Ambassador Diana Mickeviciene returned to her posting in Beijing on August 10, she was met with more than just a cold welcome. Having recalled its own envoy from Vilnius, Beijing was now asking Lithuania to...

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fishy Promises

CEE-China cooperation could be quite different after Lithuania’s withdrawal from the 17+1 platform. As Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz and his crew of demolition spaceships were nearing Earth to make space for a galactic bypass, the...

China, the 17+1 Platform, and Taiwan – a ‘New Stage’?

At the occasion of the 17+1 virtual summit held in February, Chinese President Xi Jinping confidently declared that ties between China and the 17 Central Eastern European countries entered a new stage. By...

Voice for CHOICE #5: Surveying Sino-Baltic Relations with Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova

As the 17+1 virtual summit approaches, Voice for CHOICE analyzes the role of the Baltic nations and their role in the EU-China dialogue, the role that remains for Russia in influencing the region's actions on this front, and the strong Transatlantic links that undergird the nation's security and often its policy stances.