China named strategic ally of Belarus
11 July 2012
MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus considers the People’s Republic of China to be its strategic ally, said Belarusian Defense Minister, Lieutenant-General Yuri Zhadobin during talks with the Chinese delegation led by Vice-Chairman of the Central Military Commission of China Xu Caihou on 11 July.
The Minister said Belarus welcomes China’s growing authority across the world. Belarus appreciates and treasures friendly ties with China. Yuri Zhadobin said Belarus considers China to be a strategic partner, cooperation with China is a most important priority of the Belarusian foreign policy. In turn, Xu Caihou remarked that the invitation of the Belarusian side as well as negotiations with the president of Belarus and the defense minister testify to the highest level of Belarus-China cooperation.
Two years ago following an invitation of the Chinese side Yuri Zhadobin visited Beijing where he met with Colonel-General Xu Caihou. In the last three years the two countries have exchanged visits of ten military delegations. Cooperation in military education and in joint training of armed forces has been developing rather fast. In particular, July 2011 saw the first Belarusian-Chinese joint anti-terrorism exercise Swift Eagle 2011 take place in Belarus.
The Chinese military delegation arrived in Minsk on 11 July for a four-day visit. The head of the Chinese delegation has already met with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarusian head of state bestowed an Order of Friendship of Peoples upon the Chinese guest. While in Belarus members of the Chinese delegation are expected to visit the Military Academy of Belarus, the 28th Independent Mobile Brigade, and the memorial complex Brest Hero Fortress where the guests will lay flowers at the Eternal Fire and the monument in honor of Brest Fortress defenders.