President Viktor Yanukovych began a three-day state visit to China on Wednesday, the presidential press service reported.
During the visit he plans to meet with Communist Party Secretary General Xi Zingping and top government officials and sign a treaty on friendship and cooperation, a declaration of strategic partnership, and other documents aimed at deepening bilateral cooperation. Yanukovych is also expected to attend a China-Ukraine business forum. Ukraine's Ambassador to China Oleg Dyomin told reporters in Beijing that the documents planned for signing in China would boost bilateral cooperation in aircraft- and ship-building, space rocketry and research, and other hi-tech industries, agriculture, energy, and other sectors. "Ukraine wants to develop effective interregional cooperation with China which creates effective mechanisms for economic and humanitarian relations and brings people together, President Yanukovych said in Xi'an on Wednesday, meeting with Shaanxi Province governor Lou Qinjian. "The IT, aerospace, and energy sectors are on the rise in Ukraine and we want to cooperate with China in developing these sectors," Yanukovych said. Lou said in turn, "Shaanxi Province is the largest oil and gas producer in China and the leading province in terms of scientific and technical potential. It is developing very dynamically. Last year its GDP reached 1.4 trillion euros, and this year its economy has grown by 11%. We know that Ukraine has a solid industrial base and a powerful agricultural sector. We hope that you will support and promote cooperation between our province and Ukraine," the governor said.