Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych during a welcoming ceremony held for Yanukovych at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 2, 2010. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich expressed Thursday the willingness to lift the friendly and cooperative China-Ukraine relationship to a new level.
They also promised to strive to increase two-way trade to 10 billion U.S. dollars by 2012. According to official statistics, trade between China and Ukraine topped 3.3 billion U.S. dollars in the first half of the year, up 31.3 percent year on year.
The two presidents attended the signing ceremony of a dozen documents on bilateral cooperation involving such areas as official relations, finance, infrastructure development, aerospace, business, customs and quarantine, railway lines and electricity.
According to a contract signed Thursday afternoon, Chinese companies will undertake the construction of a 950-million-U.S.-dollar city rail line connecting the airport in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.
President Hu urged the two sides to earnestly implement the cooperative projects that they have agreed upon and to actively explore new projects.
Yanukovich is in Beijing for his first ever visit to China. He is also the first Ukrainian President to visit China since 2002.【1】 【2】 【3】 http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2010-09/03/nw.D110000renmrb_20100903_1-01.htm?div=-1