Chinese vice premier vows to enhance trade cooperation with Belarus

BEIJING, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday vowed to advance the level of economic and trade cooperation with Belarus.

"We would work with Belarus to promote the sustainable growth of our economy," Li told Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko.

After 17 years of diplomatic ties, the two nations, as good friends and partners, enjoyed remarkable development of bilateral relations, with increasing pragmatic cooperation in various fields and profound friendship between the two peoples, Li said.

Despite the global economic downturn, China-Belarus trade links still witnessed dynamic development, with stable growth of trade, gradual operation of large investment projects and effective cooperation, Li said.

"This gives a strong impetus to the development of China-Belarus relationship," he said.

China was ready to work with Belarus to speed up the fulfillment of cooperation agreements and increase coordination to provide a sound environment for the development of businesses from both sides, he said.

Andreichenko said Belarus would work with China to increase cooperation.

After the meeting, Li and Andreichenko witnessed the signing of a framework agreement between the Export-Import Bank of China and the Belarus government on enhancing long-term comprehensive cooperation.

The agreement covered financing of 14 investment projects between the two nations in energy, construction, transport, communication and other fields, sources with the bank said.

Andreichenko was on an official goodwill visit to China from Dec. 14 to 17 at the invitation of Wu Bangguo, chairman of China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.


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