The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People`s Republic of China Wang Yi was due to arrive in Cyprus on Sunday evening on the first day of an official visit.
Wang was to kick off his visit with a walk on Ledra and Onasagorou streets in the captial Nicosia.
On Monday, the Chinese minister is due to hold meetings with President Nicos Anastasiades and President of the House Yiannakis Omirou, and participate in official talks between delegations of the two countries headed by his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides.
After the talks the two ministers are to make statements to the press. Following their statements, Kasoulides is to host a lunch in honour of the Chinese minister.
In the afternoon Wang plans to visit the ancient Greco-Roman theatre at Kourion and later he take a walking tour of Phinikoudes in Larnaca before departing in the evening.
Wang’s visit is the last in recent weeks by a number of high-level foreign arrivals including the foreign ministers of Russia, Britain, Germany and the US, plus a brief stopover by French President Francois Hollande. The visits are seen as a sign of increased momentum in the Cyprus negotiations.
President Anastasiades was in China in October to boost ties and came away with the message that there was a willingness on the part of Beijing, in investing in Cyprus.
He said at the time that Cyprus’ participation in the Silk Road Initiative would benefit relations by default as the policy itself implied the strengthening of China’s economic relations with participating countries.
It was also annouced during the visit that the government was implementing a series of measures which included the simplification of procedures for the faster issuing of permits and licensing of investment projects and operation of businesses, as well as the speedier granting of residence permits to foreign investors, and visas for visitors that would help in securing more investment and visitors from China.