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30 Sep 2016

Lukashenko names most important factor in Belarus-China friendship

Lukashenko names most important factor in Belarus-China friendship

BEIJING, 30 September (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with the students of Peking University in Beijing on 30 September and told them what he believes to be the most important factor in the Belarusian-Chinese friendship, BelTA has learned.

The most important factor, according to the Belarusian leader, is China’s head of state, Xi Jinping, with whom Belarus established the current high level of relations over a relatively short period of time.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that he first met with Xi Jinping when the then Vice President of China was on a visit to Belarus. “We spent five hours discussing various issues. The talks were absolutely frank. Chinese people are reserved. They can take long to decide, but once they decide they do it. The same is true about Xi Jinping. I see that after taking the post of the President he still remembers that conversation in full. When he became the President of China, it was easier for me to build further relations with him, as we have already knew each other very well,” said the President.

“I thank luck for Xi Jinping to be my Chinese counterpart. I have worked with three Chinese presidents: Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and now Xi Jinping,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

According to Alexander Lukashenko, the development strategy of modern Belarus rests on the socially-oriented market economy where the state plays the key role in upgrading production and increasing labor efficiency. “It is clear that these goals cannot be achieved without technical progress, investment and cooperation with the outside world. Cooperation with the People’s Republic of China occupies an important place in this process. Sincere interest and understanding of mutual benefit helped us implement big and high-technology joint projects. Among them is the Belarusian satellite launched from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center, modernization of electricity generating plants, reconstruction of automobile roads and electrification of railways,” the President said.

The head of state noted that the diplomatic relations between Belarus and China were established almost 25 years ago. “We can proudly say that over so a short period of time in comparison with other states out relations have gained a trustworthy status of comprehensive strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation. China maintains such high-level cooperation with only four countries, and Belarus is among them. We are proud of this fact,” the President stressed.

Alexander Lukashenko stated that Belarus is happy to build and develop its relations with China, despite the huge geographical distance. “First of all, it is because you have never laid down any conditions over these 25 years. You have always been honest and fair in building equal relations. This brings its results,” the head of state added.

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