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08 July 2022, 09:32

Opinion: Asia is taking on new significance amidst ongoing geopolitical transformations

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MINSK, 8 July (BelTA) – The Asian region is taking on new significance in the context of ongoing geopolitical and geoeconomic transformations, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Republic of Korea Andrei Chernetsky said at the expert seminar “Pivot to Asia: Reality, Problems, Prospects” on 7 July, BelTA has learned.

“The Asian region is taking on new significance in the context of ongoing geopolitical and geoeconomic transformations, becoming an arena for the struggle for influence, political, trade, and technological dominance. It is important to understand these processes in order to come up with the most optimal strategy to build relations with countries of the region and to find new points of mutually beneficial cooperation,” Andrei Chernetsky said.

According to him, the Republic of Korea is one of the Asian and global leaders in technology. “Although Washington plays a role in its foreign policy, the country is largely dependent on China when it comes to economy and security. Despite the high level of development, the Republic of Korea is facing a number of serious economic problems. Belarusian business can help Korea deal with some of its problems on beneficial terms,” ambassador said.

The expert seminar “Pivot to Asia: Reality, Problems, Prospects” was organized by the Belarusian Institute of Strategic Research and the National Center for Marketing and Price Study. The seminar took place within the framework of the analytical media project “Big Game 2.0 in Asia” and was timed to its first anniversary. The purpose of the seminar was to take stock of the real state of affairs, analyze pressing problems and chart out Belarus' future pivot to Asia, and to offer practical recommendations. The focus was on diversification of Belarus' relations with Asian countries taking into account the sanctions. The seminar participants tried to figure out how to increase Belarus' presence in Asia, identify the systemic factors hindering the development of cooperation with distant countries, as well as take the necessary steps to overcome barriers that impede the effective promotion of Belarus' national interests in the Asian region.

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