China vows to cement strategic partnership with Belarus
During his meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Zhang said the decision of Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Lukashenko in 2016 to forge a comprehensive strategic partnership featuring mutual trust and win-win cooperation was an all-round blueprint and had upgraded bilateral ties.
"My current trip aimed to implement the consensus of the two state leaders, and facilitate rapid growth of ties at a high level," said Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC).
China hopes to make the 25th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties this year a new starting point to strengthen political trust and strategic coordination, develop an all-weather friendship, expand all-round cooperation and build a community of shared interests and future, he said.
The two countries firmly support each other on issues regarding respective core interests and major concerns, which serves as a solid foundation for their bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, Zhang said.
"China will continue to support Belarus' independent domestic and foreign policy as well as its choice of a development path that suits its national conditions," he added.
Lukashenko, for his part, said Belarus will always be China's close friend and partner, vowing to boost friendly exchanges and political trust with China and enhance cooperation in such areas as investment, finance and tourism. ■