MINSK, 15 November (BelTA) - Amid the pandemic, trade and economic cooperation between China and Belarus keeps momentum, said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Belarus Xie Xiaoyong, BelTA has learned.
"This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belarus and China and the 5th anniversary of the establishment of sister-city relations between the city of Chongqing and Minsk Oblast. In September of this year, the heads of China and Belarus jointly announced the decision to develop relations between the two countries to the level of a comprehensive strategic partnership. At this important historical moment, the Belarus-Chongqing economic forum is more relevant than ever. This will give a new impetus to cooperation and make a new contribution to the development of bilateral relations. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Belarus, I would like to cordially congratulate you on the holding of the forum and wish you every success," Ambassador Xie Xiaoyong said.
The Chinese ambassador to Belarus noted that in recent years, thanks to Xi Jinping and Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarusian-Chinese cooperation has been continuously growing stronger in various fields. Amid the pandemic, trade and economic cooperation between China and Belarus has kept momentum. The number of residents of such a landmark project as the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone has increased to 99.
"Shanghai has recently hosted an import expo. At the invitation of Xi Jinping, Aleksandr Lukashenko sent a video message to the expo," Ambassador Xie Xiaoyong said. “Many Belarusian enterprises took part in this exhibition and showcased the best Belarusian goods. In January of last year, the heads of our countries declared 2021 and 2022 the years of the regions. We held 160 different events of interregional cooperation and exchange."
Minsk Oblast and the city of Chongqing are also actively implementing the agreements reached by the presidents of Belarus and China. This helps to strengthen international cooperation, said the Chinese ambassador to Belarus. According to him, trade between the city of Chongqing and Belarus has reached almost $50 million over the past six years, increasing by 72%. The import of goods from Belarus to Chongqing soared by 121%. Belarusian products have become very popular in this Chinese city; the local population speaks positively about them.
“Chongqing is a big industrial city. In turn, Minsk Oblast is rich in natural resources and has a well-developed industry. We hope that cooperation in trade and economy between our regions will be promoted to an even higher level,” Xie Xiaoyong said.
The Minsk Oblast Executive Committee hosted the Belarus-Chongqing Investment Forum. The event resulted in the signing of a number of protocols on the implementation of twinning relations between the districts of Chongqing and the regions of Minsk Oblast.