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30 Jan 2014

Lukashenko to meet with Xi Jinping in Sochi

MINSK, 30 January (BelTA) – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will meet with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China during his visit to Sochi. Alexander Lukashenko announced it as he heard out a report by Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich on 30 January, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Belarusian head of state.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that he was informed about the outcome of the recent visit of the Belarusian Premier to China. The Belarusian leader asked about the attitudes of the Chinese partners. “How are they going to promote our cooperation and what progress can be made? I will see Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Sochi. He has already told me about it; therefore I would like to be informed about the latest developments,” the Belarusian head of state said.

Mikhail Myasnikovich provided the details of his visit to China. The Premier emphasized that Belarus and China are advancing to a fundamentally new level of cooperation, i.e. from commerce and lending to investments. A number of Chinese companies have plans to invest in Belarus. “It is very important for us, because it means diversification of our capital investments,” the Premier said. Xi Jinping decided that the status of the official who will co-chair the joint intergovernmental commission should be as high as Deputy Premier. Xi Jinping also pledged all possible support for joint investment projects of the mutual interest. Alexander Lukashenko welcomed these decisions.

In line with the agreements, a delegation of Chinese specialists will visit Belarus in the near future. They will discuss the existing bilateral projects, the monetary policy and assistance to investors.

The head of state was informed in detail about the progress in establishing the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park. A session of the supervisory board of the park’s management company will be held soon to decide on the amount of works related to internal and external infrastructure. The works to build the external infrastructure are to be finished in May-June 2014, which will allow a number of companies, like ZTE and Huawei, to get registered as resident companies of the park.

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