Minsk, Beijing sign nearly 20 agreements

Belarus and China have signed nearly 20 agreements and memoranda following the talks between their leaders in Minsk on Sunday, the Belorussian president's press office told Interfax.

Belarus and China have signed nearly 20 agreements and memoranda following the talks between their leaders in Minsk on Sunday, the Belorussian president's press office told Interfax.

"These documents provide for opportunities to double the bilateral trade, to increase technology exchanges and the share of scientific-technical innovations. The two countries are planning to create legal conditions for tourism, educational and cultural exchanges and boost their defense relations. Inter-regional cooperation between China and Belarus, too, will get an extra impetus," Belorussian President Alexander Lukashenko said after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The signing of this package of agreements will lend a powerful impetus to the bilateral relationship in a variety of spheres, primarily in Belorussian infrastructure construction and modernization, inter-banking cooperation, technical-economic and credit-investment cooperation, the Belorussian leader said.

For his part, Xi said that the expected results of his visit to Belarus have been achieved in full.

"Currently, the Chinese-Belorussian relationship is at an important stage of development. I hope my current visit will lend a new impetus to further development of our bilateral relations at a higher level. Judging by the outcomes of my productive talks with President Alexander Lukashenko, I can conclude that the expected results of my visit have been achieved in full," the Chinese leader said.

"The parties will cooperate on the basis of mutual respect and equality, support one another on issues of key interest," the Chinese president said.

Furthermore, China intends to broaden its import of Belarusian products, Xi said.

"We are united in that we need to deepen our broad practical cooperation while jointly creating the Silk Road economic belt. We must combine the two countries' development strategies and thoroughly plan and coordinate our steps to promote practical cooperation. We must also increase our bilateral trade and optimize its structure. China will broaden its import of good-quality and competitive products from Belarus," the Chinese leader said.

It is necessary to create a number of exemplary projects while relying on construction of the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park, Xi said. He also sees the need for a more active and stronger cooperation in financing the projects which will help lend a powerful impetus to the socio-economic development of Belarus.

According to Lukashenko's press office, the two countries' official delegations have signed almost 20 agreements and memoranda providing for development of cooperation in economy, trade, science, education and culture, and implementation of joint projects.

A whole host of agreements promote inter-regional cooperation. The two countries also signed a package of lending agreements, including those relating to transport infrastructure development and investment project funding.

The Chinese leader is in Belarus on a state visit on May 10-12.

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