Lithuania's government on Wednesday gave its approval to the designation of diplomat Ina Marčiulionytė as the country's new ambassador to China.
Ina Marčiulionytė
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After the government's approval, the ambassador should be designated by President Dalia Grybauskaitė. Marčiulionytė should take the new post as of September 21, replacing Lina Antanavičienė who has recently been appointed the economic adviser to the Lithuanian president.

Up until now, Marčiulionytė has headed the Foreign Ministry's Latin America, Africa, Asia and Pacific Department.

In 2009, Marčiulionytė ran for UNESCO director general.

China and Lithuania's relations soured in September of 2013 after Grybauskaitė met with the Dalai Lama in Vilnius. But in February, Beijing issued a statement saying that China is ready to develop friendly relations with Lithuania. China is the world's second-largest economy and part of Lithuanian businessmen hope for the opening of this market.

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