45 years ago diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the People’s Republic of China were established, promising a rewarding future for both sides. Today the strong bonds of friendship that exist between the people of Cyprus and China, make them able to endure the key changes of global order. Cyprus considers China as a true friend; their solid joint ties are based on the common values that Cyprus and China share, on the mutual understanding they have established on several regional and international matters, as well as on the close collaboration they have developed in a range of areas. Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades said, ‘Cyprus has its doors open to Chinese companies eager to invest and develop their operations and offers very attractive benefits and opportunities for Chinese companies to establish their activities and production units in Cyprus.’ Cyprus can be an active player in endorsing the values of the Silk Road Initiative. As a member of the European Union and an international maritime power, Cyprus stands ready to cooperate closely with Chinese partners in effectively supporting this initiative and especially in successfully promoting the aims and values of the Silk Maritime Road as a key transit island. Chinese Ambassador Huang Xingyuan said ‘On the basis of shared principles of mutual respect and benefit, China is willing to work with Cyprus in the endeavours of building a better future of bilateral ties. I’m hoping that more and more Chinese companies will choose Cyprus for business purposes and not only.” The 45 years’ history since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cyprus and China is also the history of people-to-people exchanges and contacts; the genuine friendship between Cyprus and China has withstood the test of time, with definite success and concrete results. As we celebrate the 45 years of our alliance, we look to the future with hope and aspirations for business cooperation at all levels.