It is important to summon a meeting of the Ukraine-China Commission on Cooperation by the end of 2020. This topic was raised at a meeting between Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, and Fan Xianjun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Ukraine.
"We attach great importance to deepening the strategic partnership between our countries and look forward to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow holding the 4th meeting of the Commission on Cooperation between the Governments of Ukraine and China in Beijing this year," Olha Stefanishyna stressed.
The Deputy Minister added that it is no mere chance that the Ukrainian part of the Commission is headed by the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine.
"Ukraine is an important logistics bridge that connects transport routes from China to the EU. Opportunities for trade and investment in Ukraine from China are even gaining attractiveness, given Ukraine's involvement in China's Belt and Road initiative," the Deputy Prime Minister stressed.
Olga Stefanishyna also added that the growth of Ukraine-China bilateral trade is an important signal of the common interest of business and new prospects for the development of trade and economic relations.
"Ukraine has strong export potential, and we express readiness to meet China's growing demand for high-quality food and Ukrainian agricultural products, including flour, apples, fresh cherries, chicken, fish and beans," said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Olha Stefanishyna added that the resumption of direct scheduled air services between Kyiv and Beijing is extremely important for strengthening business, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Ukraine and China. The Deputy Prime Minister also thanked China for its comprehensive support and assistance to Ukraine in the fight against the coronavirus crisis, including humanitarian, expert assistance and other kind of support.
The Commission on Cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the People's Republic of China operates on the basis of the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the People's Republic of China. Within the Commission, 7 sectoral sub-commissions and a working group on Investment have been established. The Commission should meet once every two years, the sub-commission - once every two years or every year.
The Ukrainian part of the Commission is chaired by Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, and Liu He, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic China.