Updated 8:47 AM EST, Fri, Mar 05, 2021

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Ukraine, China Agree to Boost Security Cooperation

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Give A Joint Statement On Bilateral Cooperation

(Photo : Getty Images) Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov (R) and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) during their bilateral meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

The National Guard of Ukraine and Chinese People's Armed Police Force agreed to develop security cooperation, state-backed Xinhua News agency reported. The agreement was made after Yuriy Allerov, the Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine, met with Cao Xiaojian, the Military Attache of the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine, on Wednesday.

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Both countries agreed that they will boost cooperation on issues such as protecting internal security, maintaining public order, and safeguarding valuable state objects, Ukraine said in a statement. The two representatives also talked about exchanging experiences on the use of special units for security.

Amid surging cooperation and visa liberalization, Ukraine has also seen an increase of Chinese visitors to a 10-year high last year, official data revealed on Tuesday. An estimated 20,555 Chinese citizens visited Ukraine in 2016, up from the 13,602 visitors in 2015.

It can be recalled that Ukraine started to issue a 15-day entry visa for Chinese businessmen and tourists upon their arrival at the Kiev Boryspil Airport. The visa-on-arrival policy was further extended to Ukraine's southern Black Sea resort of Odessa.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Ukraine also said it will deepen its trade ties with China. "Expanding and strengthening the trade relations with China is our priority for 2017," Natalia Mykolska, Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister, said.

The relation will see Ukraine sending trade missions to China and improve efforts to establish new platforms to intensify business contacts and exchanges. Ukraine plans to boost its China trade volume to $2 billion within this year. The trade turnover between the two nations have by far increased by 5.3 percent in 2016 to $6.51 billion. Ukraine's imports stood at around $4.68 billion, while its exports at $1.83 billion.

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