Xi Jinping: New perspectives opening up in Belarus-China dialogue


Xi Jinping: New perspectives opening up in Belarus-China dialogue

The results of the Beijing Forum, the possibility of mutual visa-free regime and the creation of a working group on the fight against terrorism are the main results of the meeting between the President of Belarus and Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 16.

The meeting participants 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 intend to create a working group on the fight against terrorism and color revolutions. Belarus and China are also 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.

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.

Xi Jinping, Chairman of the People's Republic of China:
Today we met and I am very happy about it. During the forum, we discussed the role of Belarus in the implementation of the "One Belt, One Road" initiative. Your country has made a great contribution. Today, all-round cooperation is established between our two countries. Moreover, it is stable. Our dialogue has reached a new stage, and now new perspectives are opening up.

The working visit of the President of Belarus to China ended on 16 May. It was really productive. Alexander Lukashenko not only took part in the summit, but also held several bilateral meetings.

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. Among them is the Industrial Park Great Stone. Much was talked about it both at the bilateral meeting of the leaders and the negotiations of Belarusian and Chinese delegations.

These days, 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. By 1 September, we should already set up the fund. At the same time we will be seeking out venture projects that could be financed at the expense of the Belarusian-Chinese fund this year.

It was the first such forum in history. It brought together leaders of 29 countries and delegations from more than a hundred countries.