Cartoon commentary, Xi’s Europe-Asia tour ④: China-Poland friendship at full-speed forward – CCTV Information

By Xu Xiujun, deputy director of the Department of International Politics and Economics, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Cartoon drawing by Liao Tingting, Chi Ying

Chinese President Xi Jinping began his state visit to Poland on June 19 after completing a visit to Serbia. Poland used fighter jets to escort Xi’s plane as it invaded Polish territory.

Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan visited Belwederski Palace, Poland’s presidential residence, where Xi and Polish President Andrzej Duda discussed friendship and developments between China and Poland. On June 20, Xi attended a grand welcoming ceremony held by Duda in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.

Prior to his visit, Xi published an article in the leading Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, entitled “Setting sail for the full advancement of friendship between China and Poland,” which received great support from the Polish people.

Poland is located in the heart of Europe, where the Amber Road and the Silk Road meet. And Poland is an “exchange of blows” between the Eastern European members of the European Union. China and Poland have a long tradition of friendship. Since the establishment of a strategic partnership in 2011, bilateral relations have evolved into a “fast track” mode. Xi’s visit was very much appreciated by Poles.

The Polish people hope to provide a historic opportunity to deepen the development of bilateral relations and to open up new perspectives for the docking of the Belt and Road initiative and the cooperation between China and CEE (Central Eastern Europe) “16 + 1”.

They look forward to the friendship between China and Poland, which is setting sail with a win-win approach and opening a new chapter for an improved strategic partnership.

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