China has played a decisive role in strengthening Belarus’ defense capacity, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on 6 April.
“You have played a decisive role in strengthening Belarus’ defense capacity. You helped us develop an advanced space-based unit, sent a cutting-edge satellite on orbit. We have developed, together with you, the most advanced flight management center in Belarus. You have helped us develop the latest missile armament for the Belarusian army. I believe that we have developed more advanced samples of missile munitions that will be of interest for your army. I am grateful to you for the gratuitous assistance you provide to our army,” the head of state said.
Alexander Lukashenko stressed that Belarus will pay back. “You should know it. The Chinese leadership should know it,” he said.
“You lent us your shoulder at the most difficult time for us, when the West imposed sanctions against Belarus. We will remember this. You have reliable friends here,” the head of state added.
Alexander Lukashenko noted that he is glad to hold this meeting. “We have a lot to talk over. First of all, I want to congratulate you on the successful completion of all political campaigns in China and note the fact of political and social stability in the country,” the head of state said.
The Belarusian President asked Wei Fenghe once again to convey the warmest wishes and congratulations to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Addressing the Chinese defense minister, Alexander Lukashenko also congratulated Wei Fenghe on his appointment to a high post in the Government of China and also as head of one of the world’s most powerful armies.
“I would like to thank the Chinese leadership for the economic and financial assistance you have been providing to Belarus. Special thanks to you for the military and technical cooperation established between our countries,” the Belarusian leader said.
The Chinese minister took note of Belarus’ huge successes in state construction. “You have made great contribution to the development of bilateral friendship. Our countries are good friends and partners. Under your leadership and the leadership of President Xi Jinping our countries have become cast-iron
He thanked the Belarusian head of state for the opportunity to meet and conveyed greetings and good wishes from Chinese President Xi Jinping.