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26 Feb 2019

China supports Belarus’ WTO accession aspirations

China supports Belarus’ WTO accession aspirations
Photo courtesy of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MINSK, 26 February (BelTA) – Official Beijing absolutely supports Belarus’ aspirations to join the World Trade Organization, Ambassador Zhang Xiangchen, Permanent Representative of China to the WTO, said as he met with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas in Geneva on 25 February, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Permanent Representative of China to the WTO Zhang Xiangchen assured of China’s absolute support for Belarus’ efforts to join the WTO,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted. Zhang Xiangchen shared China’s vision of the organization’s upgrade efforts. He expressed confidence that the reforms will help the WTO remain a relevant and efficient instrument to regulate international trade relations and protect the interests of the member states.

The Geneva meeting was held in the trilateral format. Taking part in it was also WTO Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun. He assured that the Secretariat will keep providing meaningful support to Belarus as it is building its capacity to cooperate with the organization. First of all, the support will come in the form of personnel training. According to the WTO, 38 Belarusian experts took part in various courses and seminars of the organization in 2017. In 2018 their number rose to 83.

“Andrei Dapkiunas thanked his dialogue partners for support and expressed confidence that at a time when international law fails to help maintain peace and security, the preservation of efficient international regulation of the economic field is vital for the entire international community represented by national governments and private businesses,” the press service underlined.

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