Meeting with China’s State Councilor, Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun

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In the present-day conditions we need the law enforcement bodies of Belarus and China to cooperate more closely, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with China’s State Councilor, Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun on 10 April.

The head of state called the visit a milestone emphasizing a high level of cooperation between the two countries. Last year the status of the Belarusian-Chinese ties reached the level of trustworthy comprehensive strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation. The President attributed the importance of establishing contacts in the law-enforcement sector to the changing realities and new global challenges.

“The times have changed. It has become a very small world, and the crime has gone international. We have huge tasks that we need address together,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. “We are witnessing a big cross flow of people, with Belarusians going to China and Chinese people travelling to Belarus. We are building many joint companies in China, and there are a lot of Chinese people working here, in Belarus. With all the positive and negative tendencies in our countries there is a cross flow of problems. That is why, we need closer and more active cooperation between our law enforcement agencies,” the President said.

In the run-up to the 2ndEuropean Games Belarus is interested in China’s experience in organizing large-scale sports events.

The President stressed that the Belarusian side “pays much attention to emerging new challenges and old sensitive issues such as extremism, terrorism, separatism.” The People’s Republic of China is fighting against this evil, Aleksandr Lukashenko said. The President also mentioned such topical modern problems as cybercrimes and active migration. “It is still needed to work out serious measures for the active cooperation in these fields,” the head of state believes.

Guo Shengkun, in turn, conveyed the warmest wishes to Aleksandr Lukashenko from Chinese President Xi Jinping. He also thanked the Belarusian leader for the provided chance to meet and discuss the Belarusian-Chinese cooperation at such a high level. Guo Shengkun praised the development pace of the Belarusian economy and the stability in the society. “We, as friends and partners, are happy to see this,” the Chinese guest said.

In his words, the foundation for good contacts between Belarus and China has been laid down by regular meetings at the supreme level and “a strong friendship between Aleksandr Lukashenko and Xi Jinping who outlined the vectors of bilateral cooperation.”

The talks between the President of Belarus and the minister of public security of China were held ahead of the forthcoming meeting between Aleksandr Lukashenko and Xi Jinping. The two presidents are expected to consider the whole range of matters of the Belarusian-Chinese agenda, including security issues.