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31 May 2019, 19:18

China sees good prospects for military cooperation with Belarus

Photos courtesy of the Defense Ministry
Photos courtesy of the Defense Ministry

MINSK, 31 May (BelTA) – There are good prospects for Belarus-China military cooperation. Li Zuocheng, a member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and chief of the Joint Staff Department under the CMC, made the relevant statement during negotiations with top officials of the Belarusian Defense Ministry, BelTA has learned.

As part of the official visit to Belarus Li Zuocheng met with Belarusian Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov and Chief of the General Staff, First Deputy Defense Minister Oleg Belokonev. Li Zuocheng underlined the importance of further bolstering and developing partnership relations between the countries as a whole. He also noted there are good prospects in the sphere of bilateral military cooperation.

Besides, the sides discussed the main spheres of bilateral cooperation. Further ways to invigorate the main avenues of Belarus-China military cooperation were sketched out such as joint combat training, military education, and interaction between the defense ministries within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The status of Belarus-China relations was emphasized. The relations are characterized by comprehensive, trustful, strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation.

The Chinese military delegation stayed in Belarus on 28-31 May. The delegation visited the 103rd Independent Guards Airborne Brigade, was made familiar with the brigade's structure and tasks, and participated in observing the final stage of combat fitness trials of the personnel. The delegation also visited the Military Academy and met with Chinese cadets.

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