On July 16, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. They exchanged in-depth views on bilateral relations as well as major international and regional issues and reached a high degree of consensus. The heads of state announced to establish China-Belarus comprehensive strategic partnership.
Xi Jinping said, China and Belarus enjoy high-level mutual trust and fruitful cooperation. China-Belarus relationship is with solid foundation and a broad prospect for development. China thanks Belarus for the consistent support on issues concerning China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is the unswerving policy of China to consolidate and deepen the relations with Belarus. We are ready to work with Belarus to advance bilateral relations to higher levels.
Lukashenko said that China is close and reliable friend of Belarus. The international situation is now going complex and volatile. China's steady development along the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics is with great significance to the world and is really encouraging to Belarus. Developing relations with China is a priority of foreign policy of Belarus. Belarus hopes to enhance communication and coordination on major issues, and deepen friendship, mutual trust and cooperation with China.
The Presidents decided to establish the China-Belarus comprehensive strategic partnership and formulate related development plans to further advance the level of cooperation between the two countries.
In political field, to continue to provide firm support to each other. To firmly support each other's core interests and major concerns, their own choices of political and social system and development path in line with the national conditions, as well as each other's economic revitalization. To remain close and high-level communications and exchanges of governance experience.
In economic field, to comprehensively deepen cooperation. To make overall planning for cooperation in infrastructure, machinery manufacturing, communications, building materials, energy, chemicals, finance and other sectors, and push forward major projects.
To optimize the trade structure, increase bilateral trade in high value-added and high-tech products, promote the balanced growth in bilateral trade. To expand mutual investment and build joint ventures and China-Belarus Industrial Park.
In cultural field, to increase exchanges and learn from each other. China welcomes more students from Belarus. To work together to set up the Confucius Institutes, to hold "Culture Day" and other events, and to promote exchanges at local level.
In international affairs, to strengthen coordination and cooperation. To make joint efforts to safeguard the purpose and principles of the UN Charter, and the outcomes of the victory of the Second World War. To promote a multipolar world and democratization of international relations, as well as the world peace, stability and prosperity.
Following the talks, the Presidents signed the Joint Statement between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Belarus on Establishing a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and witnessed the signing of a series of bilateral cooperation documents.
Prior to the talks, Xi Jinping held a welcome ceremony for Lukashenko at the square outside the eastern entrance of the Great Hall of the People. Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) Ji Bingxuan, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Liu Xiaofeng were present .