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06 July 2022, 14:37

Strategic partnership with China named Belarus' foreign policy priority

MINSK DISTRICT, 6 July (BelTA) – Comprehensive and strategic partnership with the People's Republic of China is a priority avenue of Belarus' foreign policy, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Sergei Aleinik said at the ceremony to open Belarus' national pavilion on the Chinese online platforms Jingdong and Douyin in the China-Belarus Industrial Park Great Stone, BelTA has learned.

“The comprehensive development of the strategic partnership with the People's Republic of China is a priority avenue of Belarus' foreign policy. The strategic nature of bilateral cooperation relies on a highest-level trust-based dialogue. As Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has recently noted, Minsk and Beijing support each other and consistently strengthen traditional friendship and strategic partnership,” Sergei Aleinik said.

According to him, the cooperation between the two countries is successfully passing the test of the rapidly deteriorating international situation. Against this backdrop, the strategic partnership between Minsk and Beijing does not only remain viable and vibrant, but also achieves new significant results. Great attention is paid to trade and economic cooperation, new formats and areas of joint work, including within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. “The joint work with Chinese friends in today's difficult conditions has shown that our friendship has a powerful, truly inexhaustible potential,” the first deputy minister noted.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belarus and China. The opening of the national pavilion symbolizes the long-awaited entry of Belarusian goods into Chinese e-commerce platforms, Sergei Aleinik noted. “In the context of Internet globalization, online trade opens up new opportunities and becomes a new point of growth and one of the most promising areas of trade and economic cooperation between our countries. The launch of the national pavilion on the key Chinese platforms Jingdong and Douyin will enable Belarusian manufacturers to take advantage of China's best practices in the field of e-commerce, explore more channels for promoting their products in the Chinese market, and integrate into the global supply chain. It is gratifying that this project will not only contribute to the promotion of Belarusian premium and economy-class goods in the Chinese market but will also introduce Chinese customers to the rich culture, centuries-old traditions and heroic history of our country," he said.

Sergei Aleinik thanked the Industrial Park Development Company, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Belarus and the Embassy of Belarus in China for tapping into a new avenue in bilateral cooperation. He also congratulated everyone on the launch of the national pavilion on the Chinese e-commerce platforms. "I am sure that Chinese buyers will appreciate Belarus' pavilion and products. I wish all the participants of this historic project success, prosperity, creativity, inexhaustible energy and new achievements for the benefit of our countries and peoples," Sergei Aleinik concluded.

A ceremony to open Belarus' national pavilion on the Chinese online platforms Jingdong and Douyin took place in the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone on 6 July. The launch actually marks the start of Belarusian e-commerce in the Chinese market. In addition to the trading functionality, these platforms will also provide an opportunity for Chinese users to learn more about the sights, culture and traditions, natural wonders and history of Belarus. Plans are in place to upload thematic videos about the country for the Chinese audience. The event is an initiative of the Great Stone Industrial Park to stimulate trade cooperation between the countries. The project is aimed at increasing economic activity and developing bilateral trade.

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