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Ambassador: Great prospects for sci-tech cooperation between Belarus and China

05 December 2013

MINSK (BelTA) - Relations between Belarus and China deserve the highest appreciation. The countries have achieved significant results, yet they have quite a great potential for further development of bilateral cooperation, including in science and technology, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Belarus Gong Jianwei told reporters, BelTA has learned.

"If we talk about our cooperation in general, I would give it the highest appreciation," the Ambassador said. He identified five areas that, in his opinion, are the most successful. First of all, it is the political relationship: "This year the Belarusian President went to China on a state visit. During the visit, the two leaders reached the agreements on strategic issues. First and foremost, this is the raising of the status of our relationship,” the Ambassador said.

Economic cooperation has been gaining good momentum. Cultural and humanitarian ties have been increasingly vibrant too. Another thing that Mr Gong Jianwei highlighted is the regional cooperation. Here, he said, the matter is not about protocol visits: several Chinese provinces and cities are actively involved in the implementation of the project to build the Chinese-Belarusian Industrial Park.

With regard to joint economic projects, all of them, he said, are quite successful. In the future, Gong Jianwei noted, the two countries could launch projects in science and technology. "You have very good science and technology. China also pays great attention to these issues. There is a very great potential that has not been used to the full,” the diplomat noted. Cooperation on a regional basis and in the pharmaceutical industry holds good prospects as well.

Gong Jianwei said that China will continue to participate in the modernization of roads in Belarus both highways and railways.

In January-September 2013, Belarus’ exports to mainland China amounted to $390.5 million (up 0.9% from the same period 2012). Last year Belarus’ major export items to that country were potash fertilizers, polypropylene, caprolactam, trucks, machinery and crop harvesters, tractors and tractor units, raw timber. In 2009, China registered a joint venture for maintenance and assembly of BelAZ dump trucks and a joint venture to assemble forage harvesters with the participation of Gomselmash (Harbin). A joint venture to assemble high-power tractors began to operate in Harbin in August 2010.

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