Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov arrived in Sanya, southernmost tip of Hainan Province in China today, on a five-day official visit, National radio reported.

On Thursday, the Head of the Ukrainian Government is due to hold a series of meetings, in particular with China's President Hu Jintao, President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff and Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Kim Hwang-Sik. On Friday, Mr Azarov plans to address the 10th Meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia, and hold meetings with representatives of a number of delegations.

As known, the southernmost and largest Chinese island, Hainan Special Economic Zone, collaborates with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine in accordance with a memorandum signed on April 5, 1996. In February 2002, another agreement on bilateral cooperation in trade, socio-economic and cultural areas was concluded. Apart from this, the resort Sanya (China) and Yalta (Ukraine) are also twin cities under a memorandum signed on February 24, 2004.

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