Canada to Join EU-China Dispute at the WTO

Canada looks to join the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia as part of the European Union’s dispute with China at the World Trade Organization regarding Lithuania’s allegations of Beijing curbing trade from the Baltic state.

The EU launched a challenge at the WTO in January. The bloc accuses China of trade discrimination against Lithuania, threatening the EU’s single market.

Following Taiwan’s de facto opening of an embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, China has downgraded diplomatic ties with the Baltic state.

Canada labeled the move as “economic coercion” and said it pledges to stand with “like-minded partners in supporting rules-based international trade”

China, on the other hand, says the dispute is political rather than economic. Beijing labels Lithuania’s actions as an attempt to “hijack” EU-China relations. China sees the self governed island of Taiwan as part of its own territory.

EU’s challenge at the WTO gives 60 days to the parties to settle the dispute. If it is not reached, the EU is allowed to launch a formal dispute, which would set up a WTO panel to study the bloc’s claims against China.

Need to access the insight?

Start your 7-day free trial now

Need to access the insight?

Start your 7-day free trial now

Need to access the insight?

Start your 7-day free trial now


Do you need to access special insights on this matter?

Start your 7-day free trial  and become a member today


Subscribe to Top Insights Today

Subscribe to Executive Newsletter Top Insights Today

The Executive Newsletter -Top Insights Today- puts global business events in perspective through special insights

Join the ranks of global executives and subscribe to Top Insights Today

Top Insights Today covers insights on energy, clean-tech, oil&gas, mining, rare earths, defense, aviation, infrastructure, manufacturing, electrical vehicles, big-tech, finance and politics of business

By clicking subscribe you agree to our privacy and cookie policy and terms and conditions of use.

Read more insights

Bayer Set to Expand Carbon Farming Program in the US

German manufacturing giant Bayer aims to expand its carbon farming program to members of CHS, a US farm cooperative. Bayer and CHS said the program would boost incentives for members that decide to participate. The deal will make Bayer an early leader in carbon capture farming, which includes planting off season crops, tilling the ground less and using fertilizer more efficiently.  

Foreign Policy to be the Focal Point of EU Leaders Meeting

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s trade policy review with China has gained some negative reactions from some US businesses. Some industries are concerned that the plan does not offer a specific framework for negotiations and timing. Tai revealed her plan on Monday, saying she would hold meetings with Chinese officials over their failure to meet former President Trump’s Phase 1 trade deal, and start a process to exclude some Chinese imports from tariffs. 

Big Oil’s Africa Venture Continues as TotalEnergies, Shell Make Major Discovery in Namibia

TotalEnergies and Shell make oil and gas discoveries of commercial quantities off the Namibian coast according to the country’s mines and energy ministry. Both oil majors announced earlier this year that they had made significant discoveries offshore Namibia and are currently making assessments.  

Stay informed

error: This content is protected !!