MINSK, 12 January (BelTA) - Relations between China and Belarus have withstood the tests of the rapidly changing international environment, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Belarus Xie Xiaoyong said when speaking at the international conference "Three decades of the Belarusian-Chinese relations and a community of common destiny for all mankind", BelTA has learned.
The head of the Chinese diplomatic mission noted: "In a week we will celebrate an important historical milestone: the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Belarus, which is a common holiday for the peoples of the two countries. Two days ago, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko had a telephone conversation, and gave a strong approval of the results achieved in the bilateral relations for the past 30 years. They also outlined the future areas of development of the two countries. Taking this opportunity, on behalf of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Belarus and myself, I would like to congratulate the two countries on the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations."
"In the context of the changes in the world, unprecedented for the past century, and the COVID-19 epidemic, we and our Belarusian friends have passed together an important path to the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relations. During this time, the Chinese-Belarusian relations have withstood the tests of the rapidly changing international environment, preserved vitality and energy, and achieved major results in cooperation in various fields. Profound changes have taken place in the global community. We have become better aware, more than ever in history, that the mankind is one and that the destinies of all nations are intertwined and interconnected," the ambassador said.
The diplomat believes that over the past 30 years, Chinese-Belarusian relations have demonstrated great viability. "China and Belarus have become truly close brothers, mutually beneficial partners and good friends who continuously keep in touch," he said. “Actually, the secret lies in the fact that the development of relations between the two countries corresponds to the fundamental interests of the two peoples, meets the long-term needs of the two countries for stability and development and corresponds to the general trends of peace and development throughout the world.
Xie Xiaoyong elaborated on the achievements in the Chinese-Belarusian relations. “Over the past 30 years China and Belarus has done a lot of breakthroughs in political relations. China was among the first states to recognize Belarus' independence and establish diplomatic relations with it. The Chinese-Belarusian relations have risen to new levels three times, from “friendly relations of cooperation” to “relations of comprehensive strategic partnership” and up to “relations of trusting comprehensive strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation”. The two countries have continuously strengthened political mutual trust and maintained frequent high-level visits,” the ambassador said.
The ambassador stressed that the parties had developed perfect mechanisms of cooperation, including the Chinese-Belarusian intergovernmental committee on cooperation. The two countries have been closely interacting in international and regional affairs. “China always firmly supports Belarus in defending its state sovereignty and national dignity, opposes interference of external forces in the internal affairs of Belarus, opposes unjustified unilateral sanctions against Belarus and respects the development path chosen by the Belarusian people in view of the conditions and reality of their country. Belarus, in turn, firmly supports the China on issues concerning China's core interests, including those affecting Taiwan, Xinjiang, and Xianggang,” said Xie Xiaoyong.