Xi’s Eurasia Tour Upgrades Relations

China, Poland Raise Ties to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

(Xinhua News Agency, June 20, 2016. Complete text:) Warsaw - China and Poland agreed on Monday [June 20] to lift their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership, showing a shared commitment to further growing their bilateral cooperation.

The upgrade, written into a joint communique, was announced after talks between visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda.

The two countries pledged to translate their political mutual trust into tangible and sustainable achievements in cooperation and make the upgrading of the relations beneficial to the people.

Dovetailing development plans.

Hailing the growing bilateral ties especially since the establishment of a strategic partnership in 2011, Xi called for China and Poland to dovetail their development plans when meeting with Duda.

The joint communique said China and Poland are ready to push forward the bilateral cooperation within the framework of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Poland’s sustainable development strategy.

Proposed by Xi in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt that links China with Europe through Central and Western Asia by inland routes, and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road connecting China with other Asian countries, Africa and Europe by sea routes. Poland, sitting in the heartland of Europe, is seen as having a potentially great role in the regional development initiative.

China and Poland will strengthen the synergy of their development plans, and boost mutually beneficial cooperation to promote peace, sustainable development and common prosperity, said the joint communique.

Xi said he is expecting projects like the China-Europe freight train service to lead the Belt and Road cooperation and the bilateral cooperation on inter-connectivity and industrial capacity.

Duda said his country stands ready to boost cooperation with China in such domains as economy and ...

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