Envoy on Xi’s Poland visit

In an exclusive interview with CNC, Xu Jian,Chinese ambassador to Poland, said relations between China and Poland have embarked on a fast track of development since they forged strategic partnership in 2011.

And Xi’s visit is expected to usher in a new era in the partnership between the two countries.

On political ties, the envoy said political mutual trust between China and Poland is ever deepening in recent years.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)XU JIAN, Chinese ambassador to Poland
“The exchanges between Chinese and Polish leaders are very frequent. Especially after Poland held presidential and parliament elections, Polish President Andrzej Duda visited China in November last year, when he and President Xi reached wide consensus and agreed to boost the strategic partnership between the two countries.

One benefit of the sound relations, the envoy said, is rapid surge of trade between the two sides. He said bilateral trade topped 17 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, a six-fold rise on that in 2004.

On the Belt and Road Initiative, Xu said Poland has expressed its support and willingness to join the China-proposed initiative.

SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)XU JIAN, Chinese ambassador to Poland
“Poland is an important country in the European Union and the biggest country in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region in terms of land area, population and economic scale. It’s important both for the Belt and Road initiative and China-CEE cooperative mechanism. During his trip to China last year, Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed support and readiness to join the Belt and Road Initiative and the two countries signed agreements to work together for the initiative.”

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