Belarus, China may introduce mutual one-month visa-free regime


Belarus, China may introduce mutual one-month visa-free regime

Impressions of the Beijing forum, possible mutual visa-free regime for a period of 30 days and the creation of a working group on the fight against terrorism. The President of Belarus and Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 16 discussed a wide range of matters of cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting discussed projects in economic, social and military areas. China will consider the opportunities of lending Belarus $1 billion for the modernization of oil refineries.

However, the bilateral dialogue is not limited to the themes of economy and investment. Belarus fully supports China's determination to take on the obligation to protect peace in the world. The two countries even intend to create a working group on the fight against the "color" revolutions and terrorism.

Belarus and China are now studying the possibility of a mutual visa-free regime for up to 30 days.

The competent authorities of the two countries will be working on this matter. The Beijing summit "One Belt, One Road" will surely help develop the dialogue.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
The large-scale event that you held deserves serious attention. This event is already being discussed all over the world. I think that everything is ahead. This is a very powerful step from your side and, most importantly, you were able to bring together more than 100 countries and nations of our planet.

I said yesterday that we are proud that we were the first in Europe and among the first in the world to not just support the idea of ​​"One Belt, One Road", but one of the first to start the implementation of this large-scale project in Belarus.

You've all seen this. Sessions and talks on the sidelines of the Summit were very helpful for every head of state who came to this forum. Nobody wasted time here.

An agreement was signed on the establishment of a Chinese-Belarusian venture fund Great Stone. The amount involved is $20 million.

Alexander Shumilin, Chairman of the State Committee for Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus: 
In the summer we plan to prepare the constituent documents. All major decisions have already been taken. We plan to set up the fund by 1 September. We will be seeking out venture projects in parallel in order to finance them at the expense of the Belarusian-Chinese fund this year.

The forum, first such in history, was attended by leaders of 29 countries and delegations from more than a hundred countries. Belarus was one of the first to support the initiative of the Chinese leadership about the revival of  the Silk Road. Today, Belarus is involved in two of the four key projects.

On May 16, the Belarusian President completed his working visit to China. The plane of the head of state has already departed from Beijing Capital International Airport.