Sino-Ukrainian partnership gains new vigor in 2017

2018/1/1 14:11:15

The political dialogue culminated in the third session of the China-Ukraine Intergovernmental Commission on bilateral cooperation in December in Kyiv, where the two sides signed an action plan on jointly developing the Belt and Road Initiative.

 

Presidents Poroshenko and Xi Jinping meeting at Davos in January 2017

 


From Xinhua| Jan 1, 2018 |Editor: Mengjie

 

KYIV -- The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Ukraine, and has seen the partnership between the two countries gain new vigor.

 

China and Ukraine have strengthened political dialogue, boosted trade, deepened cultural cooperation, and launched joint projects under the Belt and Road Initiative.

 

IN-DEPTH POLITICAL DIALOGUE

 

China-Ukraine ties were given a breath of fresh air in mid-January, when Chinese President Xi Jinping met his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.

 

Local analysts held the view that the talks between the two leaders, which took place ahead of the opening session of the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, have set a positive tone for the future partnership between the two countries.

 

"Over the past several years, after the shift of power in Ukraine, many experts have repeatedly stated that it is very important for the (sake of) Sino-Ukrainian relations to revive the political dialogue at the highest level. That's why this meeting is vitally important in terms of political decisions," said Viktor Kiktenko, head of the Ukrainian Association of Sinologists.

 

The meeting was followed by several ministerial visits as well as the establishment of cooperation between the youth organizations of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Ukraine's ruling party Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB) "Solidarity."

 

The political dialogue culminated in the third session of the China-Ukraine Intergovernmental Commission on bilateral cooperation in December in Kyiv, where the two sides signed an action plan on jointly developing the Belt and Road Initiative.

 

The commission was co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai, whose visit to Kyiv was seen by Ukrainian experts as evidence that the political trust between China and Ukraine has risen.

 

"This visit is the result of years of negotiations on coordinating positions between our countries. I believe that this is a great success," said Iryna Nikorak, a secretary of Ukraine's parliamentary group on China-Ukraine relations.

 

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