Or, ouch, that's gotta hurt. What is permissible for Jupiter may not be permissible for a bull(c). It is also known as a pecking order or, as Russian naval truism goes, the only thing scarier than the nuclear war is a lose cannon sea-bass. Sea-bass, of course, being the term for a novice, first year, enlisted sailor who still doesn't understand how combat ship works and what is his place in it and disrespects the authority of seniors. Lithuania, evidently, thought that it can play in the same league as China.
FRANKFURT/VILNIUS, Dec 9 (Reuters) - 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.
Lithuania has also appealed to the European Commission for support. In a letter sent earlier this week to top officials at the Commission and seen by Reuters, Lithuanian foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis asked for support in rebuffing China. "A strong reaction is necessary at the EU level in order to send a signal to China that politically motivated economic pressure is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," the letter said.