MINSK, 13 September (BelTA) – Belarus and China have come up with an optimal scheme for cooperation in military technology – from sales that serve interests of both countries to the joint research, development, and manufacturing of high-tech products. The matter was discussed at a session of the Belarus-China committee in charge of coordinating cooperation in the area of weapons and military hardware in Minsk on 11-13 September, BelTA learned from the website of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus.
Opening the session, Roman Golovchenko, head of the Belarusian part of the committee, Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus, remarked that the strategic nature of relations between the two countries is being shaped persistently and dynamically across the entire structure of interaction. Cooperation in military technology is a case in point. According to Roman Golovchenko, the sides have come up with an optimal scheme for cooperation – from sales that serve interests of both countries to the joint research, development, and manufacturing of high-tech products.
In turn, Liu Sheng, head of the Chinese part of the committee, Deputy Head of the Armaments Development Department of the Central Military Commission of China, presented a thorough and comprehensive analysis of results of Belarus-China military technology cooperation. He spoke highly of accomplishments in this field and stressed that military technology cooperation is an important indicator of Belarus-China strategic partnership, has a reliable political foundation, and develops on principles of mutually beneficial trust. “The defense industries of China and Belarus have their own advantages and complement each other, have a good potential and prospects for further development,” Liu Sheng said.
The sides discussed results of fulfillment of the agreements made during the previous session of the coordinating committee in Beijing in June 2018. It was noted that in the period under review the sides carried out or are about to carry out a number of important and technologically sophisticated projects. Promising avenues of mutually beneficial cooperation were also determined. They were reflected in the final protocol of the coordinating committee's session in Minsk. The document was signed by the heads of the Belarusian part and the Chinese part of the committee. A number of commercial contracts were also signed during the session.
During a bilateral meeting on 12 September Roman Golovchenko and Liu Sheng mentioned the high level of interaction and confirmed the mutual interest in advancing military technology cooperation between Belarus and China. They summed up results of the work of an expert group and drew attention to the most important items on the agenda of the coordinating committee's session. Apart from that, while in Belarus the Chinese delegation visited enterprises run by the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus.