Despite a growing trade turnover, Lithuania should look for new export sectors in China, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Monday after presenting credentials to the country's new Ambassador to China Ina Marčiulionytė.
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"We need to look for new sectors for Lithuanian exports. Now the most promising export sectors include logistics services, lasers, wood and wood products, the chemistry sector and agricultural produce," the president was quoted as saying in a statement.

According to the Presidential Office, the Lithuanian-Chinese bilateral trade turnover grew 18 percent last year, compared to 2013.

Marčiulionytė assumed her new position on September 21, replacing Lina Antanavičienė who started advising the president on economic issues as of September 8.

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

In 2009, Marčiulionytė ran for UNESCO director general.

China is the world's second-largest economy and part of Lithuanian businesses hope for the opening of this market.

China and Lithuania's relations soured in September 2013 after Lithuanian President Dalia 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.

Last December, Lithuania also refused three lawmakers permission to travel to Taiwan in order not to anger China.

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