Xi, Lukashenko stress ‘unbreakable political mutual trust’

Beijing, Jan 20 (EFE).- The presidents of China and Belarus, Xi Jinping and Alexander Lukashenko respectively, on Thursday highlighted the “unbreakable political mutual trust” between the two countries on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Chinese state media Xinhua reported.

Xi said that bilateral ties have advanced and strengthened during the last 30 years with “fruitful cooperation” in various fields.

The two countries “have also been firmly supporting each other on issues concerning their core interest, and coordinating closely and effectively in international and regional affairs,” he added.

Xi said that in recent years, both leaders “have maintained communication in various ways, and reached important consensus on developing China-Belarus relations under the new circumstances,” Xinhua reported.

The Belarusian president also echoed Xi’s sentiments while praising the gradual strengthening of ties between the two countries, according to Xinhua.

Increasingly isolated from Europe and the rest of the West due to its drift towards authoritarianism and its policies towards migrants, Lukashenko’s government has recently turned to allies such as Beijing and Moscow.

In December, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey said that his country will considerably reduce its diplomatic presence in Western countries and expand it in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, China and other nations.

The Belarusian minister also announced the creation of a specific department of China within the foreign ministry. EFE


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