Jul. 28 – According to what reported by his Office, the Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a decree that removes the visa requirement for Chinese tourists who will visit Ukraine from August 1 until Jan. 31 of next year.
In a statement, the President’s Office said that the decree was signed with the aim of “developing friendly relations between Ukraine and China, as well as to intensify bilateral cooperation in the field of tourism.”
Thanks to this decree, Chinese citizens will be able to stay in Ukraine for 30 days in a period of six months.
There is a geopolitical background behind this decision: after that Kyiv’s relations with the Russian Federation collapsed – when Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula and supported the pro-Russian separatist rebellion in the Donbass region – Ukraine moved away from Russian sphere of influence and China has been ready to fit into this void. Nowadays, Beijing is Ukraine’s biggest trade partner.