On August 30, 2016 in solemn hall of Marriott Hotel in Beijing the Embassy of Ukraine in the People’s Republic of China held a State reception on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine.
The event was attended by the representatives of state and regional Chinese authorities, political, business, scientific and cultural circles, journalists and foreign diplomats, accredited in Beijing, as well as the Ukrainian community in China.
In his speech Ambassador Oleg Dyomin stressed that over 25 years Ukraine as a free and independent state had regained its rightful place in the international community, as well as had become integrated into World and European institutions. He also emphasized that the Ukrainian society, being conscientious of the high price of its freedom, was struggling against the Russian aggression with great dignity. Due to the high level of scientific, military, agricultural and intellectual potential of our state, a special attention was paid to the current state and prospects of further development of strategic cooperation between Ukraine and China, including in the framework of “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
In his turn, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of PRC Li Huilai underlined that Ukraine remained a good friend and partner of China - one of the first countries to recognize independence of our country and to establish diplomatic relations with it. The Chinese side welcomed the intensification of bilateral relations during this year, including the meeting of Presidents and Foreign Ministers of two states, as well as meetings of number subcommittees of the Intergovernmental Commission. The diplomat especially stressed the importance for China of further development of relations with Ukraine and reaffirmed its support of sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of our state.
As a cultural program of the event, the quests could enjoy Ukrainian folk costumes recreated by painter Kateryna Biletina and drawings of the exhibition “Viewing Ukraine through children’s eyes from China”.
Refined musical atmosphere of the evening was created by banduryst I.Rodionova, group «Nine Gates», as well as famous Chinese artists, who had gotten musical education in Ukraine.