Taiwan stepped in to buy more than 20,000 bottles of Lithuanian rum that Beijing blocked from entering China, the South China Morning Post reported.
For months China has blocked trade with Lithuania following Vilnius' decision to allow Taiwan to open a de facto embassy in November. China claims Taiwan is part of China, while Taiwan maintains its independence.
Upon learning that that China was about to block an import of 20,400 bottles of dark rum made by Lithuania's MV Group Production, Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor company — which is owned by the country's finance ministry — purchased the entire shipment on December 18, the Post reported.
"TTL stood up at the right time, purchased the rum and brought it to Taiwan," the company said, the Post reported. "Lithuania supports us and we support Lithuania – TTL calls for a toast to that."
The Taiwanese leadership has not officially addressed the purchase but on Tuesday, Taiwan's national development council posted a graphic featuring recipes of rum-based cocktails and food to cook with rum.
Amid the diplomatic feud, China downgraded its embassy in Lithuania to a chargé d'affaires office and a number of Lithuanian diplomats left China.
Lithuania's government has launched an $148 million aid package for companies whose business had been affected by the feud with China, Bloomberg reported.
Source : https://www.businessinsider.com/taiwan-buys-20k-rum-bottles-blocked-from-china-2022-1386