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Belarus and China: necessity of stronger cooperation between law enforcement agencies

Belarus and China continue active cooperation in security sector. It was negotiated over at a meeting of President Lukashenko with China’s Minister of Public Security and China’s Prosecutor General.

As Alexander Lukashenko stated, that despite the distance between Belarus and China, law enforcement bodies of the two countries have a lot of common tasks. Opposition to modern challenges, in particular.

Terrorism, extremism, separatism are the three evil forces of today. However, the list doesn’t just end here. Today’s threats take new shapes, which makes it impossible to combat them alone. In this case Belarus doesn’t have the last right to vote.

Belarus remains one of the safest countries in the world.

If criminality doesn’t have nationality, then the law is one for all. Thousands of kilometres separate Belarus and China but law enforcement officers speak one language.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
The world has changed, the world is too small, and criminality is international. For this reason we have big tasks to solve together. First of all Belarus and China actively cooperate, there is a serious flow of people. Belarusians go to China, Chinese citizens come to Belarus. A lot of joint companies are built in China, and especially here, in Belarus, many Chinese specialists work.

It is natural that together with all the positive and negative tendencies, there is a flow of problems in Belarus and China.

That’s why a necessity of a more active and closer cooperation between law enforcement agencies of Belarus and China arises.

China’s Minister of Public Security Guo Shenkun said that Chinese partners value Belarus’ order and stability. It is his first time in Belarus but he already has a positive opinion about the country.

Guo Shenkun, Member of the State Council of China, Minister of Public Security of China:
Your Excellency, dear Mr. President, I am grateful for the meeting, despite the busy schedule. Allow me to send sincere greetings and kindest wishes from the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping.

Alexander Lukashenko also payed attention to the upcoming II European Games. They will be held in Belarus in 2019. Belarus has never before hosted such large scale events, the experience of Chinese colleagues will be a plus.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Belarus is just about to host one of the largest sports events, the II European Game. The amassed experience of China’s preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games is very important for Belarus. A lot of attention is paid to the new challenges and some of the old pressing issues such as extremism, terrorism, separatism.

These are the three evils against which China is actively fighting.

Cyberattacks and active migration. Belarus and China are to work out serious plans for active cooperation.

Cooperation between law enforcement bodies has been developing for some time now. A lot is due to tight cooperation both at the high and interdepartmental levels. Belarus’ and China’s Prosecutor Generals signed a program of cooperation on April 9, 2017. It involves exchange of experience in combatting terrorism, cyberattacks, corruption and extremism.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Organized criminal activities and corruption have more of a subtle form. These phenomena mutate, if it can be said so. Prosecutor generals, prosecutor offices, both in Belarus and China are agencies which coordinate the law enforcement bodies in all aspects, including the mentioned ones.

For this reason Belarus and China are eager to activate the cooperation in combatting criminality, coordination of these activities.

I suppose that it will be necessary and useful for the People’s Republic of China.

Cao Jianming, Prosecutor General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People's Republic of China:
Dear Mr. President, it is a great honor for me to be meeting with you today. Thank you very much for finding time.

We are very grateful for such a warm welcome of the colleagues on the wonderful Belarusian land.

We can see since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belarus and China 25 years ago, bilateral cooperation has been stably developing; it is on its way to healthy development and recession.

Belarus-China relations reached the level of trustworthy comprehensive strategic partnership and mutually profitable cooperation in 2016. This way Belarus was accepted into the club of the closest friends of China on a par with Russia, Great Britain, and Pakistan.

These were the results of the meeting of the two presidents in Beijing.

Experts gave it a name of a breakthrough meeting. As a result as many as 30 agreements concerning different sectors were signed. The next meeting of Alexander Lukashenko and Xi Jinping will be held in the nearest months.

Belarus and China: necessity of stronger cooperation between law enforcement agencies