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Belarus, China to sign friendship agreement, joint declaration during Xi Jinping's visit

17 April 2015

MINSK (BelTA) – A large number of documents, including a friendship agreement and a joint declaration, are expected to be signed during the visit of China President Xi Jinping to Belarus. The declaration is a comprehensive document meant to guide bilateral cooperation for many years to come, BelTA learned from Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to China with concurrent accreditation to Mongolia Viktor Burya on 17 April.

The diplomat reminded that it will be the second visit of the China president since Belarus gained independence. A lot of attention is attached to the visit in China. “China profoundly approaches preparations for a visit of such a level. All the ministries, agencies, companies, and corporations are getting prepared and take into account our interests, strategic interests. This is why I believe that the visit can give a very large impulse,” said the Ambassador.

While talking to mass media after the government conference held by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to discuss cooperation with the People's Republic of China, Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration Nikolai Snopkov said that the role of China in the Belarusian economy is as fundamental as in the global economy. “It is the most powerful investor in the world. China accounts for 10% of the global investment. It is the largest market in the world. China's import is $1.9 trillion,” he said. In his words, in its strategy China is a socially responsible investor. China treats its partners responsibly and the fact fully meets national interests of Belarus.

According to Nikolai Snopkov, the Belarus president has instructed the government not to lose the chance the visit represents. “We must not lose this chance to take our cooperation, interaction in investment, credit, and cultural affairs to a new level within the framework of the China president's forthcoming visit, which is supposed to give a new push, to create a new milestone in our mutual relations. We should expand and deepen the relations for the sake of laying down the foundation for long-term development and raising the living standards of our citizens,” said the Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration.

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