MINSK, 29 April (BelTA) – Belarus is an iron brother, a reliable friend, and a strategic partner of China. Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus Natalya Kochanova made the statement at an online seminar for women parliamentarians of Belarus and China, BelTA has learned.
Natalya Kochanova said: “Belarus is an iron brother, reliable friend, and strategic partner of China. Despite the geopolitical pressure on the part of the collective West Minsk and Beijing persistently advance cooperation across a broad spectrum of avenues on an equal and mutually beneficial basis. The current year has been marked with a fateful event for Belarus – the Belarusian people made its informed choice in favor of evolutionary development of the country. A referendum on amending and expanding the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus took place on 27 February. We are grateful to the Chinese side for the high opinion of the referendum and support. We are convinced that the key domestic political event of the year in China – the 20th congress of the Communist Party – will proceed successfully for the benefit of achieving the key goal of two centuries – the establishment of a moderately prosperous society.”
The year 2022 is also marked with a significant event in the bilateral relations – the 30th anniversary since Belarus-China diplomatic relations were established. “Over this period of time we've witnessed serious accomplishments in social and economic development and state development of the two countries, stable advancement of Belarus-China relations,” the speaker of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament noted. “Belarus and China constructively and dynamically cooperate in international organizations, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. I'd like to offer words of gratitude and appreciation to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's China Committee for Good Neighborliness, Friendship, and Cooperation that you head, Ms Shen Yueyue for humanitarian aid being provided. Within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization we suggest considering the possibility of launching joint projects in the area of education, science, and culture. We, women of good will, can do a lot for preserving peace and calm in our countries, for stopping the inflation of military, informational, and psychological hysterics, the incitement of hatred and aggression between countries and nations.”
Natalya Kochanova stressed that Belarus and China conduct an active interparliamentary dialogue in the spirit of mutual respect and friendship. “At a meeting of top officials of the Belarusian parliament with Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China Li Zhanshu in June 2021 we discussed in detail the state and prospects of cooperation, including in the sphere of economy, investments, humanitarian and interparliamentary interaction. Our MPs should more tightly interact in specific avenues in order to work out new ideas and promising projects. We see future in the development of direct contacts between regions of Belarus and China. Belarusian-Chinese regional ties became noticeably more vibrant thanks to the organization of the topical Year of Regions. We hope that the epidemiological situation will allow us to hold the second Forum of Regions of Belarus and China,” the head of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament noted.
Natalya Kochanova added that humanitarian affairs, including the development of contacts concerning items on women's agenda, also play an important role in Belarus-China cooperation.