Victor Yushchenko has met with Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the 10th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), according to the President`s press-office.

      The President said “Ukraine is trying to strengthen political and diplomatic ties with China today,” characterizing our relations as “strategic partnership.” He praised economic cooperation between Ukraine and China, urging the two countries to build closer ties in space science, aviation and other high-tech areas. Mr. Yushchenko also suggested that Ukraine and China formulate a political agreement on the principles of bilateral relations and cooperation in the 21st century.

      They discussed preparations for a November 2007 meeting of the intergovernmental economic commission.

      The President asked Mr. Qinglin to give Chinese leader Hu Jintao his best regards and invited him to Ukraine.

      Deputy Speaker Adam Martynyuk, Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Oleksandr Chalyy and Ukraine’s Ambassador to China Serhiy Kamyshev attended the meeting.