China, Ukraine set up strategic partnership

08:54, June 21, 2011      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich hold a joint press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, June 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovich, announced in Kiev on Monday that their countries decided to set up and develop a strategic partnership.

The two presidents made the announcement after their talks. They signed a joint statement on this issue.

The move has defined a new orientation for China-Ukraine relations, Hu was quoted as saying by a press release issued by the Chinese delegation.

This is also a "major decision" jointly made by the two sides in accordance with the changes of the international and regional situations, with a view to develop bilateral relations and to cater for the two peoples' common wishes, Hu said.

During the talks, Hu spoke highly of the China-Ukraine ties, which he said have witnessed smooth development since the two countries established diplomatic relations 20 years ago.

The Chinese side has long attached great importance to its ties with Ukraine, Hu said, noting China has long viewed China-Ukraine relations from a strategic and long-term perspective.

China regards Ukraine as its friendly and vital cooperation partner in the region, he added.

The Chinese president also said China is willing to join hands with Ukraine to enhance their strategic cooperation in a bid to explore a new landscape for bilateral relations.

Source: Xinhua
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