President Andrzej Duda continued his Chinese visit on Wednesday, meeting with President of China Xi Jinping and witnessing the signing of three Polish-Chinese memoranda.
"I strongly hope that the strategic partnership between Poland and China that was established in 2011 will be continued", President Duda said in Beijing on Wednesday. He described his visit to China as an important opportunity for meetings on economic matters.
"I am extremely happy to be able to visit such a great power as China within my first four months in office as the president of Poland", Duda also remarked during the public part of his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Duda thanked the Chinese president for mentioning that former Sejm Speaker Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska had attended the Beijing celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
"I asked (her) as the second-most important person in the Polish state to take part in the celebration because we appreciate the contribution of the People's Republic of China to the victory of WWII, to the defeat of invaders", President Duda explained, adding that this had been the Chinese nation's great service to the world.
President Xi Jinping remarked that Poland's president had shown active concern and had strongly promoted the development of bilateral relations ever since taking office.
He added that the fact that China as the only Asian country was on Duda's schedule of foreign visits in the first 100 days of his presidency was an expression of the importance that the Polish president attached to Polish-Chinese relations.
Xi Jinping also said he was convinced that Duda's visit to China and his participation in the fourth China-CEE summit would help improve the development of the Polish-Chinese strategic partnership.
Three memoranda were signed on Wednesday in the two presidents' presence: one between Poland's state-owned Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) - the world's biggest bank, one between ICBC and the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ), and one on cooperation in tourism.
A memorandum on an agreement between the Polish and Chinese governments on jointly supporting the "One Belt, One Road" initiative is due to be signed on Thursday.
President Duda's itinerary for Thursday also includes a meeting with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Zhang Dejiang, sightseeing on the Great Wall of China and a meeting with Poles living in China. (PAP)