Viktor Khrenin underlined the importance of further enhancement and development of partnership relations between Belarus and China as a whole. He also noted there are good prospects in the sphere of Belarus-China military cooperation.
The main topic of the presentations was the situation with coronavirus, as well as joint activities to respond to the challenges of the pandemic.
The diplomatic mission explained that China had published the first edition of guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination. “The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks. Vaccines should be used fairly and the world should share vaccines. If the world doesn't share vaccines, the virus will divide the world,” the embassy noted.
The event was held at the Great Hall of the People and was attended by 30 heads of diplomatic missions. In his speech Xi Jinping asked to convey his best wishes to the leaders of the states and international organizations which representatives were present at the ceremony.
Belarusian companies not only sell their products to China, but also buy Chinese goods via BUCE. The most popular exports to China are sawn timber, rapeseed oil, and milk powder. There are plans to launch sales of Belarusian sugar to China on BUCE. In turn, Belarusian companies import metal products from China.
“The Belarusian president and his Chinese counterpart held very important talks in January. They discussed the supply of food products and potassium chloride to China, inter-regional contacts, the fight against COVID-19. Of course, we are grateful to Chinese people for sending us 100,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine free of charge in February this year,” the speaker noted.
The expo is usually held in the first summer month. This year's edition has been scheduled for 1-5 June. This is the largest agricultural expo in the post-Soviet space. It brings together participants from more than 30 countries
In order to ensure profound and comprehensive work on the most important sections of the agreement, plans are in place to set up three working groups: on trade in services, investments and intellectual property, e-commerce.
According to the Belarusian statistics, in 2020 China became the second largest trading partner of Belarus, with the mutual trade amounting to $4.6 billion, exceeding the 2019 figure by $0.8 million. The main growth drivers of Belarus' export to China were agricultural and timber products, the supplies of which doubled.
“The parties discussed trade and prospects for increasing sales of Belarusian goods in the Chinese market with the help of e-commerce instruments,” the embassy noted
The company has been established with the participation of the Jintai Institute of Culture and Economics, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and one of Beijing-based pharmaceutical technology companies
The heads of the two organizations took part in the online talks. During the meeting, the parties discussed promising areas of mutually beneficial cooperation, namely: the implementation of the latest energy storage technologies, the use of battery power plants (electric energy storage units) to stabilize and cover peak demand in Belarus
In his words, China is a priority in terms of export and investments. Belarus' export to China rose in 2020 despite the pandemic. The export of Belarusian foods demonstrated the highest growth. “We have several tasks to accomplish in 2021. First, we have to dismantle trade barriers and simplify trade procedures
The ambassador thanked Liu Jingzhen for the assistance in the form of 100,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Belarus and emphasized the exemplary cooperation between Belarus and China in the fight against COVID-19.
The parties discussed the development of the Belarus-China cooperation in various areas, including between the Belarus President Administration and the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, education and R&D organizations of the two countries.
24.02.2021Belarus-China trade hits $4.6bn in 2020
The trade between Belarus and China amounted to $4.6 billion, up by $0.8 million over 2019. Belarus' export increased by 9.4% ($776.9 million), import shrank by 1.7% ($3.84 billion). Belarus posted a trade deficit, however the gap narrowed by 4.1%
In 2020 the industrial output of the park's resident companies increased by 4.4 times to Br138.8 million. Their proceeds from sales rose by 3.2 times to Br188.9 million, with merchandise export up by 2.3 times to $75.8 million and fixed-capital investments up by 15% to Br104.1 million.
The revenues from selling products, works, services outside Belarus amounted to Br63.6 million (an increase of 8 times), which accounted for 33.7% of the total revenues
Cui Qiming stressed: “At present China-Belarus comprehensive strategic partnership, which is based on open and honest cooperation, constantly grows deeper while friendship of the two nations grows stronger, including as part of the joint fight against the epidemic."
Anton Dudarenok stressed that the potential of Belarus-China partnership enables the countries to maintain mutually beneficial contacts within the framework of the Belt and Road initiative and to continue aligning their development strategies.