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Xinhua News Agency reporter Wei Zhongjie Li Jia
One belt, one road, China and Belarus have been developing steadily and vigorously in recent years, with the strategic and common concerns of the heads of state of China and the two countries. The two countries have strong resilience and vigorous vitality and broad prospects for economic and trade cooperation. Xie Xiaoyong, the new Chinese ambassador to Belarus, said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Belarus.
Xie Xiaoyong said that the development of China Belarus relations in recent years has the following characteristics: first, the two countries have frequent high-level exchanges. One belt, one road summit held by the two countries held bilateral meetings during the summit of the Shanghai cooperation organization. In June 2020, the heads of state of the two countries made a telephone call to reach an important consensus on the development of Sino white relations and cooperation in various fields under the background of COVID-19. Second, mutual support is firm and powerful. China and Belarus firmly support each other on issues involving each other’s core interests and major concerns, and carry out close cooperation in international affairs. Belarus firmly supports China’s position on core issues related to Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan. China supports Belarus’s efforts to safeguard its independence, sovereignty, security and development, respects the development path chosen by the people of Belarus in accordance with its national conditions, and resolutely opposes interference in its internal affairs by external forces. Third, the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries has yielded fruitful results. By the end of November 2020, China’s investment stock in Belarus has reached 950 million US dollars, and the construction achievements of China Belarus Industrial Park are constantly emerging. Fourth, the traditional friendship between the two countries is deepening, and the cooperation in culture, education and other humanities fields between the two countries is expanding.
Xie Xiaoyong said that after the occurrence of COVID-19 in China, Belarus President Lukashenka instructed the white government to provide a total of about 40 tons of humanitarian anti epidemic materials to China by military aircraft for the two time. White government officials, business representatives, college teachers and students have supported the Chinese people in the fight against the epidemic by recording videos and writing letters. After the outbreak of the epidemic in Belarus, China fully supported Belarus in its fight against the epidemic, provided anti epidemic materials to Belarus and shared anti epidemic experience. “The fact that China and Belarus keep watch and help each other and join hands in the fight against the epidemic reflects the high level and particularity of China Belarus relations and highlights the true feelings of the two peoples in need.”
Speaking of one belt, one road cooperation, one of the first countries one responds to and one of the “one belt, one road” initiative is Xie Xiaoyong, said Mr. Xie Xiaoyong. One belt, one road, is the landmark project and model project. Since last year, one belt, one road and another, has been developing steadily, despite the fact that COVID-19 has been affected by the two sides. With the joint efforts of both sides, the cooperation between China White Industrial Park and the two major projects has been steadily advancing.
He said that China has remained the third largest trading partner of Belarus for many years. According to China’s statistics, the trade volume of goods between China and Belarus in 2019 was US $2.7 billion, up 58% year on year, reaching a record high. Although the Sino white trade was hit by COVID-19 in 2020, the bilateral trade between January and November has reached 2 billion 700 million US dollars, an increase of 9.2% over the same period last year, and the volume of trade in the whole year will hit a new high.
Xie Xiaoyong said that in December 2020, the China Belarus intergovernmental cooperation committee will set up a sub committee on customs and inspection and quarantine cooperation and a working group on trade facilitation of the sub committee on China Belarus intergovernmental economic and trade cooperation, believing that the above mechanism will further simplify bilateral trade procedures and create more convenient conditions for expanding bilateral trade scale. “China supports enterprises of both sides to gradually expand cooperation in accordance with market principles, continuously tap trade potential, give play to the leading role of China EU train, vigorously develop cross-border e-commerce cooperation, expand bilateral trade scale and achieve mutual benefit and win-win results,” he said. The economic and trade cooperation between the two countries has great potential and broad prospects. “