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29 June 2020, 12:33

Lukashenko opines on confrontation between United States, China

MINSK, 29 June (BelTA) - A very serious struggle for the re-division of the world is currently underway, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with the Minsk Oblast top officials and executives. An excerpt of his speech was shown by the Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA has learned.

“A very serious struggle for the new world order is now underway. A new powerful state has emerged on the political map of the world. It has, perhaps reluctantly, challenged the monopolist - the United States of America. This state is the People's Republic of China. This is a powerful nuclear power. They have finished creating a global satellite navigation system. They do everything independently: went into space, mastered the most modern weapons. Their economy is first in terms of export, and second in terms of production, after the United States,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

According to him, the Americans are worried about it, they have grown concerned. “What does it mean to lose a monopoly? It means getting poorer. The Chinese are resisting. They are very careful, cautious people. They are an ancient nation. They have grown to become peers with the U.S. The Americans have felt threatened. The trade war has ensued, which was very much evident last year and the beginning of this," the president said. Of course, it is not only the U.S. dollar that has dominated the global economy. There have emerged the euro. There was the yen and it has been strengthening. The yuan has become a reserve currency, the International Monetary Fund has recognized it,” the Belarusian leader noted.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stated that the Americans have begun to lose ground. The head of state admitted that he sometimes sympathizes with U.S. President Donald Trump, but said he cannot agree with him opening all fronts and being at war with the world. “When his Secretary of State [Michael Pompeo] was visiting me, we discussed this topic with him, and I asked him a question when we were one-on-one: why are you at war with the world? This is not going to do you any good. Why did you open a front against Russia?' Russia is a powerful country in military terms,” the president noted.

He added that there is not only a trade war: the Americans are surrounding China along the east, southeast coast. “Add to that the South China Sea where huge deposits of hydrocarbons have been discovered. Naturally, the Chinese claim they have the right to develop them. Here their interests ran into interests of Vietnam. Vietnam has recovered, they already have a population of nearly 100 million, a good economy. The country is one of the Asian tigers, growing very rapidly,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

According to him, the Americans have stepped up all forces around China and are spurring strife inside the country.

The head of state mentioned the murder of African-American George Floyd by the police in the United States which gave rise to protests across the country. The president believes that this incident was only a trigger, but not the cause of the unrest. He explained: We saw the powerful country unable to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Sixty million people went unemployed, mostly African-Americans.

“Who would have thought that this powerful country would not have been able to withstand this pressure. A timely question would be (I asked it two months ago): is this pandemic man-made? I do not know. Think about it. Could it be done to make China and America get into a severe confrontation with each other to remake the world and ‘attach' other countries to themselves,,” the president suggested. "The basis is the economy. The main reason for this conflict lies in the economy. Marginal markets are needed, and they are not enough. They began to divide the existing ones,” he added.

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