Chinese delegation informed on economy

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The issues of the Cyprus problem and the economy were mainly discussed during the meeting between a delegation of the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party, headed by its President Averof Neophytou and a Chinese delegation headed by Deputy Minister of National Development and Reforms Ning Jizhe.

In his statements following the meeting, Neophytou said that during the meeting it was explained to Deputy Minister that Cyprus after a hard effort is getting out of the economic crisis while at the same time it carries out a national struggle through negotiations for the reunification of the country.

Neophytou expressed his thanks to the Chinese official for the support of the Government of China to the Republic of Cyprus and the Chinese investments in Cyprus. He then referred to the firm position of Cyprus in support of One -China policy and China`s in support of one and indivisible Cyprus policy.

On his part, the Chinese Deputy Minister speaking through an interpreter thanked DISY for the invitation adding that during their meeting they discussed issues of common interest to both countries.

He said that they discussed the economic situation in both countries and in Europe describing Cypris` exit from the crisis as an important development. Referring to China`s economy growth of 6.9%, Jizhe said that the ruling parties in both countries have managed to improve their economic environment.

The Chinese official also referred to the Cyprus-China cooperation in the economic, commercial and investment sector based on common aspirations and goals, and added that Chinese enterprises operate in Cyprus and vice versa Cypriot companies are doing business in China.

He also noted that Cypriot Governments have always supported the One China policy and on the other hand the Communist Party of China and the Chinese governments always supported the policy of one Cyprus and the peaceful reunification of the country.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed last May.