BEIJING, 2 March (BelTA) – During the state visit of Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, Belarus and China signed almost four dozen agreements and contracts worth $3.5 billion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Sergei Aleinik told reporters in Beijing, BelTA has learned.
“Personal communication between the heads of state always gives a strong impetus to bilateral relations in all areas without exception. A testimony to that was the signing of a large package of bilateral agreements and arrangements. A total of 27 intergovernmental, interdepartmental and interregional agreements were signed, as well as about eight commercial contracts in various areas of manufacturing and agriculture. And this is not the limit as the work continues. And we expect this package to grow bigger,” the minister said.
The cumulative economic effect of the president's state visit to China is estimated at more than $3.5 billion. “The package of bilateral documents that we signed opens up greater prospects for increasing this figure in the foreseeable and near future,” Sergei Aleinik said.
The documents cover almost the entire spectrum of Belarus-China relations and reflect their comprehensive nature.
The foreign minister emphasized that the visit to China is of historical significance. First of all, it has the status of a state visit, which is the highest-level visit in terms of diplomatic protocol, ceremonies and honors.
“This visit cements the truly strategic nature of our relations with China. These relations were upgraded to all-weather and comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation last year. During this visit, the heads of state confirmed this status and outlined a number of plans to strengthen and expand it,” said the minister.
He also drew attention to the fact that the visit took place in a difficult historical period of geopolitical transformation of the world: “The world is entering an era of multipolarity. And we all understand that China has already become one of the main poles of the multipolar world order.”