Monday, April 12, 2010

China-Ukraine Bilateral Ties

Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych met in Washington on 12 April to discuss the further development of bilateral ties. This was the first meeting between Hu and Yanukovych after the Ukrainian president took office in February. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit slated for 12 April and 13 April. The summit is mainly aimed at preventing acts of nuclear terrorism. Leaders or their representatives from 47 countries, including the United States, would participate in the summit.

Building Friendship
The Chinese president said he is delighted to meet in Washington with Yanukovych, who has always attached great importance to building friendship with China. He spoke highly of the contributions made by Yanukovych in boosting the relations between China and Ukraine.

The Chinese president also expressed his willingness to exchange views with the Ukrainian leader on the development of bilateral ties and issues of common concern.

Enhancing Political Mutual Trust
Yanukovych appreciated Hu's support to him, saying his relationship with President Hu has been effectively kept ever since 2004. He said that Ukraine now had entered a brand new era for development, and so do the Ukraine-China relations.

China and Ukraine have enhanced political mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation in recent years. President Hu sent a special envoy to Ukraine when Yanukovych was sworn in.

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