The Taiwan Tobacco and Alcohol Company stated that it bought the alcohol after learning that the Chinese customs had banned the import of the alcohol.
According to the South China Morning Post, a Taiwanese company purchased 20,400 bottles of Lithuanian rum, and China refused to let these rums enter the country to show its support for the Baltic country amid diplomatic tensions.
The newspaper reported on Tuesday that the state-owned Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Company stated that it purchased the liquor from MV Group Production last month after learning that Chinese customs had refused to import the liquor.
The company said in a statement: “TTL stepped forward in time, bought the rum and brought it to Taiwan,” the company said in a statement, adding that the wine will be sold on the market. “Lithuania supports us, and we also support Lithuania-TTL calls for a toast to this.”
The General Administration of Customs of China did not immediately respond to the faxed request for comment.
Since Taiwan opened a representative office in Vilnius, the capital of the Baltic States, in November last year, China has been angry with Lithuania, which Beijing said violated its one-China principle.
‘Destined to be futile’
The European Union later submitted to the World Trade Organization Lithuania’s statement that China imposed “unannounced sanctions” on its products. China denies blocking Lithuania’s exports.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference in Beijing that he was not aware of the incident and added: “I can tell you that the Taiwan authorities’ attempt to maintain space for Taiwan independence activities through US dollar diplomacy is doomed. To fail.” In vain. “