A Lithuanian Test Case for NATO
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Lithuania has a tough history, but they are a resilient people. Only 2.8 million souls in a bit of cold, flat, damp land on the Baltic roughly the size of West Virginia, but they exist as other peoples have vanished.
They know tyranny, and they know the importance of letting small nations know that they don't stand alone.
How much support will brave little Lithuania get from her NATO allies?
China has told multinationals to sever ties with Lithuania or face being shut out of the Chinese market, a senior government official and an industry body told Reuters, dragging companies into a dispute between the Baltic state and Beijing.
China downgraded its diplomatic ties with Lithuania last month, after the opening of a representative office by Taiwan in Vilnius. Lithuania's ruling coalition had agreed in November last year to support what it described as "those fighting for freedom" in Taiwan, putting its relations with China at risk.
China is a bully. Like all bullies, she is encouraged by weakness and attracted to the vulnerable.
BZ to Lithuania. Now let's see what NATO and the rest of the West will do.