Earlier this week, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko was in an official visit in Beijing, where he met with president Xi Jinping. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations, regional security, and economic cooperation. The two leaders signed several agreements and issued a joint statement to strengthen their strategic partnership.
During the meeting, the leaders discussed ways for greater economic cooperation and the geopolitical reality of Belarus, with China reiterating its support for Belarus’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. The Chinese president acknowledged Belarus’s efforts to maintain stability and called for a peaceful resolution of the current situation, especially with regards to the conflict in Ukraine. President Lukashenko expressed gratitude to China for its support and emphasized the importance of cooperation between the two nations.
In terms of economic cooperation, the two sides discussed ways to further enhance their trade and investment ties. China has been Belarus’s largest trading partner for several years, and the leaders discussed ways to increase the volume of bilateral trade and expand cooperation in areas such as infrastructure, energy, and agriculture. China also agreed to provide Belarus with a loan to support its economic development.
The leaders also discussed regional security issues, particularly in the context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Belarus is an important partner in the BRI, and the two sides discussed ways to enhance cooperation in areas such as transportation infrastructure and connectivity. President Xi emphasized the importance of regional stability and security, and both sides agreed to work together to promote peace and stability in the region.
Many observers believe the latest China-Belarus meeting was a successful one, with both sides expressing their commitment to strengthening their strategic partnership. The agreements signed and joint statement issued are expected to further enhance the already strong ties between China and Belarus and promote greater cooperation in various areas.
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