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China's top legislator says Sino-Belarusian ties at all-time high

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13:52, September 20, 2011

Wu Bangguo (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), meets with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, capital of Belarus, Sept. 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

MINSK, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislator Wu Bangguo met here Monday with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, pledging to boost cooperation in various fields and advance bilateral ties.

"As the two countries are to mark the 20th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties next year, China-Belarus relationship now stands at new starting point and is facing new development opportunity," said Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).

Wu is on a four-day official goodwill visit to Minsk starting from Saturday. Wu had previously concluded his visit to Russia and will later visit Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan during his four-nation Eurasian tour.

"The two sides should push forward pragmatic cooperation in various fields and bring more benefits to the two peoples," said Wu, adding that China is satisfied with current bilateral ties that are at an all time high.

For future development of bilateral ties, Wu proposed that, first, the two countries keep high-level exchanges to consolidate political trust and strengthen strategic cooperation.

Secondly, the two sides should strengthen strategic planning and coordination on major projects, appropriately regulate and guide enterprises cooperation, explore new cooperative model and widen financing channels.

Wu also encouraged more cultural exchanges and technological innovation cooperation between the two countries.

China respects Belarus' efforts to continue its development path in conformity with its domestic situation, and supports its efforts to safeguard the country's sovereignty, social stability, economic development and people's livelihood, said Wu.

Lukashenko appreciated China's assistance and help, saying China is the most reliable friend and partner of Belarus and it is a strategic choice of Belarus to develop friendly relations with China.

Belarus is ready to deepen cooperation with China in areas like trade, technology, education and culture, said Lukashenko, adding that his country firmly adheres to the One-China policy and will stand side by side with the Chinese people on issues concerning China's core interests.

Wu and Lukashenko also exchanged views on current international situations, agreeing to continue coordination on issues like the UN reform, energy and food security and climate change in a bid to maintain common interests and make contribution to world peace, development and stability.

Also on Monday, Wu and Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich attended the inauguration ceremony of a power plant built by the Chinese companies in Minsk.

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