Cyprus hails bilateral relations with China
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday hailed bilateral relations with China.
Cyprus considers China as an important and true friend, Anastasiades said at an event commemorating the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cyprus and China.
The Cypriot president also recalled his successful visit to China in October 2015.
Anastasiades spoke highly of the Road and Belt Initiative proposed by China.
"Today, the Road and Belt Initiative is a prime example of China's role as a major player in global governance, aiming to promote regional economic cooperation, connecting East Asia and Europe," the President said.
Cyprus is ready to act as a stepping stone of the EU to offer vast opportunities to Chinese businessmen who seek to establish their activities and production units on the island, Anastasiades added.
On his part, the Ambassador of China in Nicosia Xingyuan Huang said that "both Cypriot and Chinese people, with the shared experiences of national division caused by wars, cherish peace and desire the early reunification of their countries.”
He noted that over the past 45 years the two countries have maintained frequent high-level exchanges, deepened their mutual political trust, strengthened their cooperation and increased cultural and people-to-people exchanges, adding that both sides accommodate each other`s concerns and support each other in international affairs.
Xingyuan Huang said that the friendly cooperation between Cyprus and China serves as a model between countries of different social systems, sizes and cultural backgrounds in the international community.