China and Ukraine, during the fourth meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Cooperation held on Wednesday, agreed to work together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, to comprehensively deepen cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as to realize the benefits of each of the parties to facilitate general development. This was reported by Xinhua, the state news agency of the PRC on Wednesday.
Vice Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Liu He and Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Olga Stefanishina chaired the meeting held in the format of a video conference. During the meeting, both sides reached a number of consensus in the areas of economics and trade, agriculture, space, science and technology, education, culture and health.
Promoting lasting and stable bilateral relations is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and their peoples, said Liu He, who is also a member of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee. He expressed the hope that both sides will implement consensus, improve practical cooperation and bring more benefits to the peoples of the two countries.
O. Stefanishina, in turn, said that Ukraine is ready to work with China to overcome the negative impact of the pandemic, expand mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas and promote the development of sustainable bilateral relations.
At the end of the meeting, the parties watched the signing of a number of documents on cooperation.
The Intergovernmental Commission on Cooperation between the Governments of Ukraine and China was first held in April 2011 in Kiev, then in September 2013. And the last time the Intergovernmental Commission met in December 2017. The next meeting was planned to be held during 2019, but it never took place.