It is inevitable that there will be some difficulties when it comes to a critical stage, Ambassador of China in Nicosia, Huang Xingyuan has said, referring to the ongoing UN led Cyprus talks for the reunification of Cyprus.
Replying to questions regarding the Cyprus issue during a press conference at the Chinese Embassy on the Belt and Road Forum, the Ambassador recalled a Chinese saying which says There are always difficulties before a happy ending and said that when it comes to a critical stage it is inevitable that there will be some difficulties.
Speaking through an interpreter, he expressed the belief that the Cypriot people have enough wisdom and the leaders from both communities have the political willingness and leadership to overcome difficulties.
China’s stance, he stressed, is very clear, we support all the efforts provided by the international community for a solution based on the UN resolutions and we also wish the Cypriot communities can work together for the early settlement of this issue.
The Ambassador noted that China supports all the progress made by the two communities as regards the talks and it will support all the efforts from other sides to solve this problem.
China will support Cyprus after reunification in its reconstruction. As a UNSC P5 member, China is going to play a positive role he stressed.
As regards bilateral relations, he said that they are a good example to follow adding that they have different cultures but both face common challenges, such as economic transition, reforms and issues regarding their territorial integrity.
We have the same understanding for peaceful reunification’ he stressed and noted that they both support each other in international fora.
Asked about trade, he said that there is room to improve the trade volume and that the Embassy does its best to bring more investors to Cyprus and encourages more exports of Cypriot products such as wine, which as he said is world reputed and the Cypriot cheese hallumi. He also said that e-commerce can also enhance the trade volume.
Referring to tourism, he said that Chinese people are interested in visiting Cyprus and that the number of Chinese tourists could be doubled giving a boost to the trade volume.
He also said that there are efforts to facilitate the issuing of visas.
The Embassy, he said, is helping to realize direct flights noting that there are two preconditions, firstly enough visitors and secondly the visa facilitations.
In his welcoming speech at the press conference, the Ambassador referred to the Belt and Road Initiative and the Forum that took place in Beiijing with the participation of 29 heads of state and government, 1,500 delegates from over 130 countries. Cyprus was represented by Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis.
The aim of the Forum, he said, was to discuss the major plans for cooperation among different parties, jointly build the cooperation platform and share together benefits of cooperation in an increasing interdependent world which is faced with surging challenges.
Asked how Cyprus can participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, he said that Cyprus is in a geographically strategic position and referred to its shipping, services and its healthy economic growth in recent years.
Cyprus can serve as a belt between two continents, he underlined.
Referring to solar energy, he said that China has a very advanced technology and products and said that Cyprus could contribute to the solving of some problems that China is facing with the EU in this sector.
Finally, he referred to the series of cultural events called ‘Heart to Heart’ that the Chinese Embassy launched in April. Noting that people to people exchange is an important part of the Belt and Road cooperation, he said that as two ancient civilizations, China and Cyprus have maintained long lasting friendly relations with the people of the two countries enjoying amicable feelings with each other.
He said that from May 25 � 27 the first ever China Film Festival will take place with screenings in Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos, while on June 6th a thematic seminar on cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative will be held wide participation from political, business and academic circles.
The Heart to Heart cultural events also include a Chinese Cultural Festival, Chinese Cuisine Festival and Chinese Cultural Night this autumn.
Source: Cyprus News Agency