State visit: Lukashenko wants to cooperate more with China military
Lukashenko wants to cooperate with China more military
Trade between Belarus and China is thriving. During his visit to Beijing, ruler Lukashenko is likely to want to present himself as a strategic partner on military issues.
The Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko is in Beijing on Wednesday of China Premier Li Keqiang met. Until Thursday, the visit should also deal with the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and closer military cooperation.
Lukashenko is one of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin’s closest allies. China presented a position paper on the war in Ukraine last week. A meeting is also part of the program of visits Lukashenko with head of state and party leader Xi Jinping. China and Belarus see themselves as “comprehensive strategic partners”.
The Chinese position paper on the Ukraine war was met with international disappointment because it did not reveal any new initiative to settle the fighting. In fact, China was demonstrating that it was more likely to give Putin its backing. Russia uses military bases in the neighboring country Belarus for attacks on Ukraine. Lukashenko hopes that the visit to China will result in further investments from the world’s second largest economy, including in the military field.
interest in China defense industry
According to Chinese figures, trade between the two countries rose by 33 percent last year to five billion US dollars. He is also interested in China’s defense industry, Lukashenko told the Xinhua news agency. “We’re already learning from China’s new technologies that interest us. This affects all sectors from biotechnology to national defense.” Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was also in two weeks ago Beijing. Both sides declared that they wanted to expand cooperation in the military field.
Xi Jinping and Lukashenko last met on the sidelines of a summit of the China-Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in September in Uzbekistan. Belarus intends to join the organization this year. The group includes China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and, more recently, Iran. Belarus currently has observer status.