03.02.2022 - Responding to Weaponised Trade – What is the Best EU Anti-Coercion Strategy to Defend the Single Market?


Thursday, 03 February 2022

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM CET



  • Mantas Adomėnas, Deputy Foreign Minister Lithuania, Vilnius 
  • Iana Dreyer, Founder and Editor, Borderlex, London/Paris 
  • Reinhard Bütikofer MEP (Greens/EFA), Brussels 
  • Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director Asia and the Pacific, European External Action Service (EEAS) Brussels 


Roland Freudenstein, Vice President of GLOBSEC and Head of GLOBSEC Brussels

Event description:

Following Lithuania’s decision to deepen its relations with Taiwan, an unprecedented political and economic campaign by the Chinese government has started: Diplomatic relations were nearly cut off, and Lithuanian goods, as well as Lithuanian components in other countries’ exports are boycotted in China. This has severe consequences for political and economic cohesion in the EU. According to many commentators, the Single Market is at stake. A pan-European debate on how the EU should react to this crisis is in full swing, with an anti-coercion instrument and a complaint to the World Trade Organisation in central focus.  

 These are the main questions to be discussed: 

  • How should the EU react to the targeting of individual member states by the Chinese government and maintain solidarity and cohesion in the Single Market?
  • What is the impact of Chinese actions on the International Liberal Order and what role can the World Trade Organization play in addressing the problem?
  • Are political values and economic interests really in contradiction in EU-China relations?

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