The Lithuanian foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis suggested in a Politico report that the Franco-German lead of EU-China relations should be replaced with a 'united format' on China, one day after Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda called on European Council to organise a summit with Chinese leaders that involves all 27 EU leaders this year, according to the report.
'Regrettably, in recent years China has become less of a cooperating partner and more of an unfair competitor and a systemic rival,' the report quoted Mr Nauseda as saying.
Experts said that Lithuania's latest move in challenging China will have little impact on the EU's general strategy toward China, but will only ignite fire on itself.
Such action by Lithuania to provide an opposing voice among EU members is aimed at 'making its own moment' on the European stage and once again proves it is just a pawn of the US on the anti-China frontline by 'doing what the US likes to see,' Chinese officials told the Global Times.
Lithuania, once subject to Russian communist invasion and occupation, now plans to set up representative offices in Taiwan. It had already quit the 17+1 cooperation mechanism between China and Central and Eastern Europe Countries (China-CEECs) in May.