China and Cyprus are marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Government ministers from Cyprus have spoken to local media outlets, Cyprus Mail and Home in Cyprus, about their country’s friendly relations with China. Constantinos Petrides, minister of finance of the Republic of Cyprus, said the economic cooperation can be expanded in various areas. Prodromos Prodromou, minister of education, culture, sport and youth, said the Belt and Road Initiative has promoted economic connectivity.
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China is the third largest country in the world by area and the largest country in the world by population. Properly known as the People’s Republic of China, the political territory of the country includes Tibet and Hong Kong. The capital is Beijing.
Cyprus, officially called the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Republic of Cyprus is de facto partitioned into two main parts: the area under the effective control of the Republic, located in the south and west and comprising about 59% of the island’s area, and the north, administered by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, covering about 36% of the island’s area. Another nearly 4% of the island’s area is covered by a UN buffer zone.
The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, remain under the UK’s control according to the London and Zürich Agreements.
The Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and joined the European Union on 1 May 2004.