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Guidelines towards closer cooperation with China in Belarus president's latest directive

02 September 2015

BEIJING (BelTA) – Belarus President Directive No. 5 determines those avenues of Belarus-China cooperation that will have to be advanced, BelTA learned from Nikolai Snopkov, Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration, co-chairman of the Belarus-China intergovernmental committee, on 2 September.

Nikolai Snopkov pointed out that documents like that are few and far between. They are meant to define the main strategic directions of the social fabric, cooperation with China in this case. “The document was not adopted in anticipation of the Belarus president's visit to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. The document was adopted after China President Xi Jinping visited Belarus in May,” noted the Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration.

According to Nikolai Snopkov, Directive No. 5 heavily relies on the thoughts and ideas formulated during meetings of the two leaders. The document is meant to elaborate those areas of strategic partnership that need more depth, primarily partnership with Belarusian government agencies for the sake of achieving maximum effect for the joint development of the two countries, for advancing the partnership, which grows stronger every year.

Nikolai Snopkov said he believes that every meeting of the two leaders pushes forward the friendly Belarus-China relations that emerged 25 years ago. “The relations didn't emerge because China's economic power exploded. They emerged thanks to the strategic vision of the Belarus president,” noted the official. “It means we are iron-bound partners the way it was mentioned today. It means that we are truly friendly nations that are ready to work together for the sake of mutual development.”

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