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09 July 2024, 09:00

Foreign ministers of Belarus, China hold talks in Beijing

Maksim Ryzhenkov and Wang Yi. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Maksim Ryzhenkov and Wang Yi. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
MINSK, 9 July (BelTA) - Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Maksim Ryzhenkov held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on 8 July, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In a trust-based atmosphere, the foreign ministers discussed bilateral relations, interaction in the international arena, global and regional security, and agreed on a schedule of interstate meetings at the highest and high levels.

The ministers stated that the heads of the two states set the high pace of the Belarusian-Chinese cooperation. In this regard, the parties paid priority attention to detailing the specific projects and agreements reached by Aleksandr Lukashenko and Xi Jinping in Astana within the framework of the SCO summit. Among them is the use of a Chinese grant to build a new social facility in Belarus. 

The parties reaffirmed commitment to a fair multipolar world order, spoke against illegal coercive measures and interference in internal affairs in international relations, and agreed to continue to jointly promote these positions in the international arena. 

In this context, the Belarusian side expressed full support for the initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping on a universally beneficial and inclusive economic globalization.

The parties agreed to continue joint work on the Charter for Multipolarity and Diversity of the 21st Century, proposed by Belarus, which will be discussed during the High-Level Conference on Eurasian Security in Minsk this autumn. 

The Chinese side welcomed Belarus' accession to the SCO. Maksim Ryzhenkov assured Wang Yi of the most active and proactive participation of Belarus in the work of the organization and of the support of the initiatives of the Chinese presidency, including declaring 2025 as the Year of Sustainable Development in the SCO.

Wang Yi, in turn, reaffirmed support for Belarus' application for the status of a BRICS partner as another step towards membership in the association. 

The parties indicated their commitment to ensuring the uninterrupted functioning of the mechanisms of intergovernmental, inter-parliamentary, interregional and public relations and to creating new ones. In this regard, the parties reached an understanding of the need to increase the role of the Belarusian-Chinese intergovernmental committee on cooperation and made a joint decision to strengthen cooperation between the foreign ministries. For this purpose, an appropriate program will be prepared. 

Special attention was paid to security issues in the Eurasian region. The parties compared notes and discussed the positions, noted the similarity of approaches and reached agreements to continue coordinated steps towards a peaceful settlement of the existing conflicts.

Belarus reaffirmed its unwavering support for all efforts of the Chinese government to achieve national reunification, protect national sovereignty, security and development interests.

The ministers also touched upon the expansion of direct flights between the countries, cooperation in sport, education and culture.

The talks lasted more than three hours.
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