Belarus’ Ambassador: China will be able to surmount all difficulties

14 March 2013

MINSK (BelTA) – China is capable of overcoming all hardships arising on its way, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to China Viktor Burya told Chinese reporters on 14 March, BelTA has learnt.

The agenda of the ongoing sessions of the 12th National People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing draws the attention of the entire world. Viktor Burya noted that he is interested in all the topics discussed at the sessions, be it domestic and foreign policy, economy, or personnel decisions, because the decisions passed at the sessions will have an impact on Belarus-China relations.

In his view, one of the most important events that have happened in China recently is the official power transfer from the fourth to the fifth generation of Chinese leaders. Xi Jinping was elected China President at the first session of the 12th National People's Congress in Beijing on 14 March.

The Ambassador underlined that the new leaders will have to address the tasks set at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. They will need to come up with tactical decisions and policies aimed at building a well-off and fair society.

Speaking about the changes in the political situation in China, the Ambassador noted that China is now carrying out a set of reforms necessitated by the new social and international agenda. The Chinese government listens to the public more often and is trying to reach out to the people. Here information technologies and communication means come to play a crucial role: thanks to social networking sites and micro-blogs, the government can stay in the know and monitor public sentiments.

Viktor Burya praised China’s efforts to eliminate red tape and replace cosmetic reforms with dramatic reformation: “I think that these new approaches will enable the Chinese government to get there much faster.”

According to the Ambassador, China’s achievements are obvious. China is the world’s second biggest economy with the fastest growing GDP (all this despite the economic difficulties the entire world is going through now); hundreds of millions of people could rise from poverty. It took China a little more than 30 years to do the things many countries could not do for centuries.

Nevertheless, the capacity of reforms started in 1978 as part of the reformation and openness policy is almost exhausted. The government of China is mulling over the next stage of economic reforms. “The entire world wants to know what kind of reforms these will be, because China in many ways shapes the global economy,” the Belarusian diplomat said.

China is still trying to grapple with a big gap between different social groups and corruption. In late 2012 – early 2013 all residents of Beijing felt a dramatic deterioration of the environmental situation. The new leaders of China will have to balance economic interests with the environmental agenda. The government will also have to materialize the thesis about the innovative development.

“There is a plenty of challenges. However, I am convinced that China will be able to resolve all the issues and we will witness the heyday of the People’s Republic of China,” Viktor Burya said.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus