President Hu Jintao Meets with Ukrainian Counterpart Yanukovich
On June 18, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich in Yalta.
Hu said over the past nearly two decades, China-Ukrainian relations have seen healthy and smooth growth. He said the two sides have carried out fruitful cooperation in the areas of politics, trade, economy, science, technology, culture and international affairs. China and Ukraine have maintained frequent high-level exchanges. This visit is the third meeting between the two heads of state since last year, which fully indicates the great importance both sides have attached to developing bilateral ties. Hu expressed appreciation with the Ukrainian side for viewing its relations with China as the priority in its foreign policy. "China is ready to work with Ukraine to promote bilateral cooperation and exchanges in a comprehensive and extensive way," Hu said, adding the two countries should work hard to carry on the friendship between the two peoples from generation to generation.
Yanukovich extended welcome for President Hu's state visit to his country. He said since last year, bilateral ties have opened a new page and achieved all-round development. Hu's visit is of great significance to the government and people of Ukraine. He said this visit will add fresh impetus to the development of bilateral relations and lift the ties to a new height.
After the meeting, Hu attended a dinner party hosted by Yanukovich.