Anastasiades Invites China to Invest in Cyprus and Promote the Silk Maritime Road Initiative

02/10/2017
President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades praised on Wednesday 27 September the principled stance of Beijing vis-à-vis settlement efforts on the island, aiming to turn Cyprus into a “normal state”.
 
The President and his wife, Andri, attended a reception on Wednesday evening hosted by the Embassy of China, in Nicosia, on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. During the event, a letter by Chinese President Xi Jinping was read, congratulating President Anastasiades on the occasion of his birthday.
 
Speaking at the reception, in the presence of the Chinese Ambassador, President Anastasiades invited Chinese companies to invest here and reiterated that Cyprus can be an active player in promoting the Silk Maritime Road initiative.
 
He also referred to his meeting last week with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, and said that he had the opportunity to inform him on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem and the true reasons that led to the unsuccessful outcome of the Conference on Cyprus, at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana.
 
He also expressed his appreciation for the long-standing principled position and support of the government of China to Nicosia’s efforts to reach a settlement in line with UN resolutions and decisions. A settlement which, he said, will be “in full respect of international and EU law, the values and principles of the EU, and our aspirations that the evolution of the internal structures of the Republic of Cyprus would lead to a federal state free from any foreign interventions and dependencies, a ‘normal state’ as the UN Secretary General very correctly stated”.
 
Speaking on bilateral ties, the President said that they have been further evolving in recent years, not only at the political level, but also in an array of other areas such as finance and investments, tourism, energy, trade, education, and technology.
 
He also assured Beijing that Nicosia remains firmly committed to the One China policy, while Cyprus, as an EU member state, continues to work constructively with its European partners in further enhancing EU-China relations.
 
In his letter to President Anastasiades on the occasion of his birthday, President Xi Jinping referred to the importance his government ascribes to further developing bilateral ties between China and Cyprus.
 
Taking the floor, the Ambassador of China, Huang Xingyuan, noted that Beijing firmly supports Cyprus in its efforts to seek reunification, the soonest possible.
 
China and Cyprus are countries which particularly cherish peace and the desire for reunification, the Ambassador went on, noting that “‘One China, One Cyprus’ is our common position”.
 
He also said that the two countries have forged an exemplary model of state-to-state relations, by understanding and supporting each other on issues of core interest and in international affairs.
 
“Cyprus is also a good friend and partner to China in the EU,” Ambassador Xingyuan said and expressed the appreciation of his country over Cyprus’ consistent support in a variety of issues, in relation to Taiwan, human rights and the reform of the UN Security Council.
 
The reception was attended by state dignitaries and government officials, representatives of political parties, organisations, the UN, Cypriot and Chinese businesspeople, as well as members of the Chinese community in Cyprus.