Chinese President Hu Jintao kicked off a three-day state visit to Ukraine on Saturday after his arrival in southern Ukraine.
Hu arrived in Simferopol by special plane and then traveled to Yalta by car. He is the first Chinese head of state to visit Ukraine in the past decade. In a statement released upon his arrival at the airport, Hu said his visit was aimed at enhancing mutual understanding and mutual trust, and to lift China-Ukraine relations to a higher level.
"We are ready to work with the Ukrainian side to enhance political mutual trust, expand pragmatic cooperation, promote cultural exchanges and continuously consolidate the foundation of bilateral relations so as to make greater contribution to improving benefits of the two peoples," Hu said.