China – Poland: Xi Jinping, Duda Meet to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, who was on a state visit to Beijing and noted, according to Xinhua news agency, “China’s willingness to work with Poland in order to take bilateral relations to a higher level and promote the development of greater stability and confidence in a turbulent world.”

Xi Jinping recalled that Poland was one of the first countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China, and bilateral diplomatic relations have lasted for 75 years, while in 2016 the relationship was upgraded to a global strategic partnership. “Since then, exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in various sector have comprehensively expanded and deepened for the benefit of the two peoples,” the Chinese leader added, aiming to “strengthen strategic coordination” with Warsaw and “cooperation in trade, agriculture, digital economy, green industry, clean energy.”

Duda, according to Euronews, confirmed that today, as in 2015, the year of his first visit to China, he sees “a great opportunity for development in the economic sphere.” Last year, 13.9% of Polish imports came from China, and on this occasion the two presidents signed a number of agreements concerning cooperation in trade, investment, and agriculture.

Referring to a historical period that includes “great and unprecedented changes on a global scale,” Xi Jinping reaffirmed his five-point strategy of peaceful coexistence and said the key to lasting relations is for the two countries to draw wisdom and strength from their national history and relevant cultural traditions, as well as independently develop bilateral friendship.