MINSK, Apr 13 - Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko has appointed new ambassadors to China, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland and reshuffled top and senior officials in his administration and major companies, the press service of the head of state said in a statement.

 Anatoly Tozik, the former State Control Committee chief, has been appointed ambassador to China; Alexander Gerasimenko, the former deputy foreign minister, has been appointed ambassador to Latvia, and Vladimir Drazhin, the former deputy premier, has been appointed ambassador to Lithuania and Finland.

 Lukashenko noted that the key task for all ambassadors was to increase trade turnover.

 Lukashenko added that China, together with Russia, was the direction of the “main effort” of this country in its foreign policy.

 As for relations with the Baltic States, Lukashenko said there was a considerable economic interest. “Certain politicians are often carried away, but business tells them where to get off,” Lukashenko said, quoted by his press service.

 Lukashenko also appointed Leonid Anfimov deputy head of the Presidential Administration supervising economic issues and Dmitry Bulakhov presidential aide and representative of the president in the National Assembly. Anfimov used to work as the deputy chief of the State Control Committee, and Bulakhov was the first deputy chairman of the CIS Executive Committee.

 Besides, Lukashenko appointed Dmitry Katerinich general director of the open joint stock company Belshina, and Alexander Shamashov general director of one of Belarus’ largest petrochemical companies Polimir.

The Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the People’s Republic of China reported that the delegation of the Ministry of Health of Belarus, headed by G. Hulup, the rector of the Belarusian Medical Academy of postgraduate education, had been visited PRC since 3 till 7 of April.

The Belarusian delegation was invited by the Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) public administration. Initialing of cooperation agreement in the field of traditional Chinese medicine between The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus and the TCM public administration was the midpoint of the visit. Signing of the agreement is being expected in May-June 2006 during the return visit of the Chinese part.

The problems of the TCM division creation on the basis of the Belarusian Republican rehabilitation and balneology center were discussed. Negotiations with the administration of the Sports medicine department under the National department of sport and physical culture on the anti-dope problems were carried out. The project of the partnership agreement in the field of the anti-dope research was handed to the Chinese part.

The Belarusian delegation also visited and conducted negotiations with the administrations of specialized Academy, Pekinese hospital, TCM university of Tianjin, one of the leading companies producing TCM medicines. The agreement about joint work up of business plan was reached in order to produce traditional Chinese medicines in Belarus of Chinese raw materials. The medicines should be sold on the territory of neighbor countries. 

The parts also came to an agreement about conducting short-term trainings for Belarusian specialists in the field of TCM.

General-lieutenant Serhei Gurulev, the head of Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus – Principal Deputy of the Minister of defense will visit China since 11 till 14 of April.

Press-service of the Ministry of Defense reported that during the negotiations would be discussed the prospects of future evolution and strengthening of bilateral military partnership between Belarus and China. S. Gurulev will meet vice-chairman of the Central military council of PRC and the head of General staff of People’s Liberation Army of China. Also S. Gurulev will visit one of the military units of the Peking’s military district and Shanghai garrison.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus