Xi Jinping Speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the Phone

On the evening of July 13, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the latter's request.

Xi Jinping stressed that ever since China and Ukraine established the strategic partnership 10 years ago, bilateral ties have maintained a healthy and stable development momentum and bilateral cooperation in various areas has achieved positive results, bringing tangible benefits to the people of the two countries. Since last year, the two countries have joined hands in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, and carried out cooperation on vaccine and others, deepening the friendship between the two peoples. The Chinese side is ready to work together with Ukraine to carry forward the traditional friendship, deepen mutual understanding, strengthen practical cooperation, and take the 30th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties next year as an opportunity to actively push forward China-Ukraine relations, and help the two countries better achieve respective development goals.

Noting the recurring waves of the outbreak, Xi Jinping pointed out that the only way for the international community to perform well in humanity's arduous fight against the virus is through solidarity and cooperation. China is ready to continue strengthening cooperation with Ukraine on vaccine and traditional Chinese medicine, and help the country beat the COVID-19 pandemic. The two sides should take the joint construction of the Belt and Road with high quality as an opportunity to push forward cooperation on such projects as infrastructure and China-Europe freight train service, step up cooperation on agricultural products, and expand people-to-people exchanges and cooperation.

Noting that the Chinese side just grandly celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Zelensky said that the Ukrainian side extended its congratulations, and wishes the Chinese people greater achievements under the CPC's leadership. In the face of the strike by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese side has offered timely and precious assistance to Ukraine, which has played an important role in helping Ukraine fight against the disease. Ukraine hopes the two sides can strengthen cooperation on vaccines, medicine and others. The Ukrainian side attaches great importance and is dedicated to developing a closer Ukraine-China strategic partnership. Ukraine firmly adheres to the one-China policy, and is ready to take the 10th anniversary of the bilateral strategic partnership as well as the 30th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties as an opportunity to promote exchanges and cooperation with China in various areas.

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