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21 May 2018

China’s ambassador talks about Belarusian cuisine

MINSK, 21 May (BelTA) – China’s Ambassador to Belarus Cui Qiming talked about the Belarusian cuisine as he gave an interview to Belarus 1 TV channel on 18 May, BelTA has learned.

“I really like Belarusian draniki, local fruits and vegetables. I can tell you frankly: during my time in Belarus I have come to love the Belarusian cuisine as much as the Chinese one,” the diplomat said.

The ambassador also spoke about the expansion of the food segment in trade between Belarus and China. “When I just assumed my office in Belarus, the food segment in the mutual trade was almost invisible. I am glad that it took only three years for our countries to achieve significant results in this area. Today, Belarus exports dairy products, milk powder and beef to China,” said Cui Qiming.

As for poultry meat supplies, a delegation from China headed by the deputy minister of the State Administration for Quality Control, Inspection and Quarantine paid a visit to Belarus not long ago. The parties coordinated poultry meat deliveries, which will commence in the near future.

China and Belarus are the countries with well-developed agricultural sector. Therefore, bilateral cooperation holds great prospects here. This work is ongoing. Large-scale projects are in the pipeline, the diplomat said.

Cui Qiming stressed that Belarusian dairy products and beef are extremely popular in the Chinese food market. “Let me give you an example. I track the news and thus I learned that Belarusian food products are already on sale in Wuhan, the capital of the economically developed Hubei Province, central China. Besides Belarusian products have won the hearts and preferences of Chinese consumers in major cities such as Changsha and Nanjing. Everywhere people note the excellent quality of Belarusian foodstuffs, and the demand for them is high. This can be explained, in particular, by the fact that Belarus has stringent standards for quality and environmental compliance of both raw materials and finished products,” the ambassador said.

“In conclusion, I would like to note that we have already gone a long way in this sector: from the first acquaintance with the Belarusian food to the good recognition of your brands and their high popularity in China,” the diplomat added.

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