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08 September 2017 → Minsk and Beijing will continue to develop cooperation in a number of spheres of economy, trade, education

The capitals of Belarus and China will continue to develop cooperation in the spheres of economy, trade and education. This, according to the correspondent of the "Minsk-Novosti" Agency, was reported on September 8 during a meeting of the leadership of the Minsk City Executive Committee with a delegation from Beijing at the Minsk City Hall.

The guests from China arrived in Minsk to participate in celebrations dedicated to the 950th anniversary of the capital. The delegation was headed by Deputy Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) of Beijing Liu Wei.

The Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Andrei Shorets noted that cooperation between the two cities has been established quite recently. In May 2015, the Chairman of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping was on an official visit to Belarus, and at the same time the city of Minsk hosted representatives of the Mayor's Office of Beijing. Later on the Head of the Minsk City Executive Committee paid a return visit to the Chinese capital. A rich program was organized for Minsk citizens.

A. Shorets reminded that several large-scale projects are being implemented in the Belarusian capital, in which the mayor's office of Beijing is actively participating. Among them, the hotel "Beijing" and the construction of the Chinese quarter in the residential area of Lebyazhiy.

"We would like to continue to actively develop cooperation between Minsk and Beijing, including cooperation between specific enterprises, organizations, educational institutions," said the Chairman of the Minsk city Executive Committee.

In his turn, Liu Wei assured that the Beijing side would make every effort to continue to develop trade and economic cooperation between the two cities.

"We will try to organize trips of the Beijing business circles to Belarus more often," said the Deputy Chairman of the National People's Congress of Beijing.

The parties also discussed some issues connected the development and planning of large cities, improving the ecological situation, creating a comfortable urban environment.

At the end of the meeting, A. Shorets and Liu Wei exchanged memorable gifts.

The head of the Beijing delegation also made his record in the book of honorable guests of Minsk.

For reference:

The agreement on the establishment of twin-city relations between Minsk and Beijing was signed in April 2016.

In terms of exports of goods by capital enterprises, China is on the 24th place - its share in the exports of Minsk is 0.2%. In 2017, the trade turnover between Minsk and China has increased by 48.4%. Minsk delivers to China cranes, timber, medical instruments and devices, electronic systems and other goods.

Belarusian higher educational institutions annually take part in the largest international Chinese educational exhibitions. There have been concluded over 120 direct agreements on cooperation between the leading higher educational institutions of the two countries in the field of education and science on the basis of which the two countries exchange students and teachers.

Photo by Sergey SHELEG

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