Polish president building ties in China
PR dla Zagranicy
President Andrzej Duda has begun an official five-day visit to China, where he is due to participate in economic forums, besides taking part in talks with Chinese political leaders.
Duda will give the keynote speech on Monday at the Poland-China Trade and Investment Forum in Shanghai, under the title of ‘One Belt One Road - Opportunities for China and Poland’.
China is due to sign a memorandum on consolidating land and sea links with Europe and Poland.
The so-called 'New Silk Road' already has a key link with Poland, following the creation of a regular rail cargo service between Łódż, central Poland, and Chengdu, south west China.
On Tuesday Duda will be participating in the fourth '16 + 1' Forum, which brings together delegates from Central and Eastern European countries with those from China in Suzhou, one of the fastest growing cities in the world. While there, Duda will also meet with Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang.
The Polish head of state will then meet his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday.
According to the Polish president's office, Duda will be striving to encourage Chinese investment in Poland.
Duda is also expected to discuss Poland's wish to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Besides the five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), the council has 10 non-permanent members that serve on rotational two-year terms.
On Thursday, Duda is due to visit the Great Wall of China and to meet with members of the country's Polish community. (nh/di)