Meeting with delegation of People’s Government of Hunan Province (China)

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Belarus and China have become strategic partners and continue to move forward, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with the delegation of the People’s Government of Hunan Province (China) led by Changsha Mayor Hu Henghua and Zoomlion President Zhan Chunxin on 29 August.

“Our countries and nations are connected by sincere friendship and productive cooperation in various fields. For 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belarus and China, the countries have gone a long way towards each other. There are no closed topics between us. We have become strategic partners and continue to move forward,” the President said.

In his words, close regional ties play a crucial role in this process, and it is confirmed by the visit of the delegation from Hunan Province to Belarus. “This visit is a special one. It takes place in the run-up to the top-level meeting with China President Xi Jinping which is scheduled for September. These talks are expected to lay the foundation of the brand-new stage in the Chinese-Belarusian partnership – the implementation of large-scale investment projects. I do not doubt that it will have a good impact on the work of business circles from Hunan Province and Belarusian regions in the future,” the head of state noted.

Aleksandr Lukashenko cited the manufacture of pilot samples of construction and municipal equipment of the Chinese company Zoomlion using NAZ chassis as an example of productive cooperation. Joint projects involving Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ trademark) and Gomselmash to expand the lineup of products for the European and Asian markets, including China, have been launched.

“Mogilev Oblast has a huge industrial potential which can be utilized with the participation of the leading enterprises of Hunan Province. It will help expand your presence in the countries of the Eurasian Union and Europe. Besides, we guarantee the most favorable business conditions for Chinese companies,” the head of state noted.

“I know that you have proposals to expand bilateral cooperation. I am ready to listen to them and made decisions if necessary. Let’s discuss them,” the President said.

Hu Henghua, in turn, stressed that Belarus and China should enhance regional cooperation, and Zoomlion helps a lot.

On the whole, the Chinese side praised good prospects for the development of cooperation and expressed readiness to invest in Belarus. MAZ, MTZ, Gomselmash, Strommashina are among the priority partners. The sides also consider the possibility to set up a joint engineering center.