The president believes the government will help affected businesses.

"We have to regret the Chinese government's decision. Unfortunately, it was made despite the fact Lithuania, I believe, has clearly explained its decision over the Taiwanese representative office, commented and underlined that it does not run counter to the "One China" principle we adhere to," Nauseda told journalists in Salcininkai on Friday.

"Now, when the decision has already been made, I do hoe the government, having looked into the situation, will prepare compensation measures that will help our businesses to about painful consequences," the head of state said.

Lithuania's Economy and Innovation Minister Ausrine Armonaite told BNS on Thursday the European Union's involvement would be needed to resolve this issue, adding that any retaliatory measures would be coordinated with the Foreign Ministry and the government.

Speaking with BNS on Thursday, Vidmantas Janulevicius, president of the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, confirmed the fact that Lithuanian had been removed from China's electronic customs declaration system, adding that several companies from the furniture and wood sector were having problems as the Chinese Customs refused to accept their shipments delivered by ships. Moreover, he said, companies from other transport chains were also having problems, but he refrained to identify the companies.

Rokas Radvilavicius, managing director of the Lithuania-China Trade Association, told BNS there's no official information in China of goods from Lithuania being blocked but such signals might be sent through "internal orders".

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