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Belarus-China cooperation has great prospects

MINSK, 12 January (BelTA) – Belarus-China cooperation has great prospects, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to China Viktor Burya said at a solemn reception at the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. The event was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between China and Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova, BelTA learnt from Viktor Burya.

Attending the reception were Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Jiang Shusheng, Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Ming, ambassadors of Ukraine and Moldova, representatives of the Foreign Ministry, Culture Ministry, International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Commerce Ministry.

Viktor Burya said at the reception that over a relatively short period of time, Belarus and China managed to build partner relations on the foundation of long-standing friendship. They are based on mutual trust, sincere and deep respect and mutual interests. These relations have become strategic.

The ambassador emphasized that over the past 20 years and in particular in recent years, Belarus-China cooperation has made a great progress and advanced to a brand new level. Belarus and China developed an extensive legal and treaty basis. Our countries have similar views on the major issues of international politics and effectively support each other in international organizations. Belarus and China achieved a vigorous growth in the bilateral trade, which rose from $34 million in 1992 to almost $3 billion in 2011.

Viktor Burya emphasized that regular exchange of high-level visits helped outline the cooperation strategy for the years to come. At present the two countries are implementing joint investment projects estimated at billions of dollars. They include major projects in power engineering, construction, production of paper, transport and other areas. The bilateral cooperation extends to agriculture, machine building, information technologies, electronic devices and space technologies.

The Belarusian ambassador noted that collaboration in the defense industry, science, culture, education and tourism is gaining momentum. The countries support each other in the humanitarian field and help mitigate the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters.

Viktor Burya said that the two countries should strive to make the bilateral relations an example of interstate cooperation in the 21st century.

The reception concluded with a concert.