Great Stone project lauded as great example of Belarus-China cooperation

15:19, 12 January

The Great Stone project is a great example of the Belarus-China mutually beneficial cooperation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Belarus Xie Xiaoyong said at the international conference "Three decades of the Belarusian-Chinese relations and a community of common destiny for all mankind", BelTA has learned.

"According to China's statistics, the bilateral trade has increased from $60.8 million at the time of the establishment of diplomatic relations to the current $3 billion, which represents a 50-time increase," the diplomat said. “Belarus was among the first to respond to China's Belt and Road initiative and is its active participant. Both sides take advantage of this initiative to increase the level of cooperation in such areas as trade, investment, science and technology, infrastructure."

The diplomat noted the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone has become the largest foreign industrial park built with the participation of Chinese enterprises. It is a landmark and exemplary project of cooperation between the two countries as part of the Belt and Road initiative."Since Chinese President Xi Jinping and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko jointly visited the park in May 2015, it has made significant progress. A good platform has been created for Belarus to attract foreign investment, increase product competitiveness and expand foreign trade. The two sides have demonstrated the true meaning of mutually beneficial cooperation through real action," Ambassador Xie Xiaoyong said.

The conference was held in online and offline formats at the Confucius Institute of Sinology at Belarusian State University. Its organizers are the Belarusian State University, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Belarus and the Belarus-China society.

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