Sino-Ukrainian cultural exchanges week kicks off in Kiev
12 May 2017


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Sino-Ukrainian cultural exchanges week kicked off on 27th April at the Ukraine House in Kiev. The event is named “the Belt and Road” Week. The ceremony was attended by senior Ukrainian and Chinese officials, local business leaders and cultural leaders, including Ukrainian first lady Maryna Poroshenko, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Zubko, former Ukrainian presidents Leonid Kravchuk (1991-1994) and Viktor Yushchenko (2005-2010), Chinese Ambassador to Ukraine Du Wei.


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Chinese Ambassador to Ukraine Du Wei said the Belt and Road Initiative originated from China and shared the opportunities with the world, including Ukraine. Ukraine is on China’s first list of 65 Silk Road countries. The first Belt and Road Forum for international cooperation will be held in Beijing between 14th and 15th of May, which will be attended by the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Stepan Kubiv and a delegation. The cultural exchanges week is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Ukraine and the upcoming Belt and Road forum for international cooperation in Beijing in May. It is culture that connects peoples. Chinese culture is impressively popular among Ukrainian people. Key elements in Chinese culture was on show during the week. This was the first full display of Chinese culture in Ukraine.


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“Today we are witnessing the cultural dialogue between the East and the West.” Poroshenko said. “It is very important that Ukraine, which lies on the route between China and Europe, has become an important link in building new continental belt connecting the East and the West."


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According to Gennady Zubko, Ukraine has an estimated capacity to transit millions of tons of goods per year between Europe and Asia. And given that the Sino-Euro trade has amounted to US$300 billion, Ukraine intends to boost more trade with China, which now stands at US$6 billion. Zubko said, Ukraine expects to be more than a transfer country for goods. It offers China the opportunity to relocate productivity so that products can be made in Ukraine before sold to Europe. This will harbor better trade trade, on which Ukrainian economy will thrive.


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Source: Ukraine House in Beijing