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23 September 2022, 12:42

Lukashenko clarifies hierarchy in Belarus-China relations

Xi Jinping and Aleksandr Lukashenko in Samarkand. An archive photo
Xi Jinping and Aleksandr Lukashenko in Samarkand. An archive photo

LOGOISK DISTRICT, 23 September (BelTA) – While talking to reporters in the WW2 memorial complex Khatyn Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko explained in detail how relations with China are organized, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed there is no senior partner and no junior partner in relations between Belarus and China. “So delicate and considerate. The Chinese are great in this regard,” he noted.

Aleksandr Lukashenko mentioned that during the meeting with China President Xi Jinping at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand they discussed the possibility of organizing another meeting some time later in order to check how instructions and arrangements made on the sidelines of the summit are being realized.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that it is customary to give distinctions, observe a certain ritual and the reception protocol during visits of heads of state to China. “It is a custom over there. It is their style of respect,” he said.

However, the president stressed that the most important thing is to have a routine meeting and talk, look into how instructions in various spheres are being fulfilled – starting with joint ventures and ending with finance.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed he is not afraid of China's “expansion”: “God willing! I've been asking them for a long time to expand here. I tell them to come and cooperate! And they come to us.”

The president pointed out that Belarus and China had already advanced their cooperation to great lengths, including in high-tech areas, in missile production. The creation of the Belarusian National Biotechnology Corporation is a fresh example. China shared cutting-edge and unique technologies as part of the project.

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