On the noon of September 19, local time, Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), who is in Belarus for an official goodwill visit, held a cordial and friendly meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at the presidential palace.
Wu first conveyed President Hu Jintao's cordial greetings to President Lukashenko. He said that President Lukashenko is an old friend of Chinese people and has made unremitting efforts and important contributions to the development of friendly relations between China and Belarus. President Lukashenko asked Wu to convey his best wishes for President Hu Jintao and recalled with delight his previous visits to China. He said the leaders of the two countries have maintained close exchanges and each of his visits was fruitful and gave new impetus to the development of state-to-state relations.
Wu said that the leaders of the two countries have always viewed and developed bilateral relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective. Since 2005, China-Belarus relations have entered a new stage of comprehensive development and strategic cooperation with frequent high-level visits, deepening political mutual trust and closer economic ties. Both sides have also maintained dynamic humanities exchanges and close international cooperation. The Chinese side is satisfied with the status quo of bilateral relationship that is in its best period in history.
"As the two countries are to mark the 20th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties next year, China-Belarus relationship now stands at a new starting point and is facing new development opportunities," said Wu. By earnestly summing up achievements and experience in the development of bilateral relations, the two sides should push forward pragmatic cooperation in various fields and bring more benefits to the two peoples, said Wu. First, the two sides should keep the momentum of high-level exchanges, further strengthen friendly exchanges between the governments, parliaments and political parties, exchange views on issues of common interest, build political mutual trust and enhance strategic cooperation so that China-Belarus relations will have a stronger basis with richer content and more sustainable development. Second, the two sides should continue to deepen pragmatic cooperation, strengthen strategic planning and overall coordination on major projects, appropriately regulate and guide enterprises cooperation, explore new cooperative models, widen financing channels and promote the turning of complementary advantages and aspiration for cooperation into reality. Third, both sides should continue to enhance humanities exchanges, step up high-level talent cultivation, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation on technological innovation, keep close personnel exchanges, increase exchanges at local levels and reinforce the social basis of China-Belarus friendship.
Lukashenko appreciated China's assistance and help for Belarus' economic and social development, saying China is the most reliable friend and partner of Belarus and it is a strategic choice of Belarus to develop friendly cooperative relations with China. Belarus is ready to deepen cooperation with China at all levels, actively deepen pragmatic cooperation in areas like economy, trade, science, technology, military technology, education and culture and continuously enrich the connotations of bilateral ties, said Lukashenko. He reaffirmed that his country firmly adheres to the one-China policy and will stand side by side with the Chinese people on issues concerning China's core interests. Wu expressed appreciation for this and reiterated China respects Belarus' choice of development path as well as domestic and foreign policy in conformity with its national conditions. China also supports Belarus' efforts to safeguard state sovereignty, promote social stability, boost economic development and improve people's livelihood, said Wu.
Wu and Lukashenko also exchanged in-depth views on the current international situation, agreeing to continue cooperation in international and regional affairs. They also pledged to maintain close coordination on issues like reform of the UN Security Council, energy and food security and climate change in a bid to safeguard common interests of the two countries and make positive contribution to world peace, development and stability.
In the evening, President Lukashenko held a banquet for Chairman Wu Bangguo.
On the same day, Chairman Wu visited the National Library of Belarus. Wu and Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich also attended the inauguration ceremony of a thermal power plant built by the Chinese side in Minsk.
Vice Chairman and Secretary General Li Jianguo of China's NPC Standing Committee and other officials attended the above-mentioned activities.