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5 Jul 2018

Belarus, China discussing legislation for Belt and Road initiative

MINSK, 5 July (BelTA) – The legislative support for the joint efforts to implement the Belt and Road initiative was discussed in Minsk on 5 July as Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk met with a delegation of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) led by Lu Zhongmei, Deputy Chairwoman of the Society and Legislative Proposals Committee, BelTA has learned.

According to Lu Zhongmei, the Chinese delegation arrived in Minsk in order to discuss the handling of legislative matters within the framework of the Belt and Road initiative. She stressed that China counts on the dynamic advancement of relations with Belarus in economic and humanitarian affairs. Concrete legislative rules are necessary to make it happen.

In turn, Boleslav Pirshtuk noted that the Belarusian side was interested in increasing the bilateral trade and also counted on more vigorous advancement of cooperation in the sphere of tourism. “Quite a large number of positive decisions have been made to regulate economic affairs in Belarus. A large number of projects using Chinese resources have been implemented in Belarus,” said the deputy head of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament. As an example he mentioned the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone and the Belarusian-Chinese car factory BelGee. Speaking about prospects of the industrial park, Boleslav Pirshtuk noted that Belarus strongly hopes that the park will provide a point of growth for the Belarusian economy, will serve as an attractive hallmark for investors from other countries. Speaking about Belarus’ participation in the Belt and Road initiative, the MP reminded that creating a green transport corridor between Germany, Belarus, and China will be the next step.

During the meeting the sides exchanged opinions about the state and prospects of advancement of interparliamentary relations. The Belarusian parliament would like these contacts to be regular and more active.

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