The dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenkowill arrive today at China for a three-day visit where he is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinpingdays after Beijing present a document in which he explains his position on a “political solution to the conflict in Ukraine”.
The Belarusian dictator left his country in the direction of the Asian nation on Tuesday, official media from the European country reported.
For its part, the Chinese Foreign Ministry declared on Monday that Beijing and Minsk they enjoy “strong mutual political trust” and “growing coordination on international and regional affairs.”
“The Chinese and Belarusian presidents met on the sidelines of the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization last September”, recalled the spokesperson for the Ministry, who added that both leaders “drawn up a new road map for the development of relations between the two countries”.
China “hopes to take advantage of the visit to further advance cooperation between the two countries,” Mao said.
Lukashenko’s trip comes a few days after Beijing presented a document in which it explained in twelve points its “position for a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine” and in which it emphasized the need for “dialogue and negotiations.”
Last Friday, the same day that China presented the document, the Belarusian and Chinese foreign ministers, Sergei Aleynik and Qin Gangstressed during a telephone conversation their support for the peace negotiations in Ukraine as the only way to resolve the conflict.
An editorial from the official newspaper Global Times assures today that “China and Belarus support the resolution of conflicts through diplomatic channels” and that “a reinforcement of communication between Beijing and Minsk on ‘the Ukrainian question’ will contribute to resolving the crisis”, unlike other powers that “add fuel to the fire”, accused the newspaper.
In January last year, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Belarus, their leaders highlighted their mutual “indestructible political trust” in a cross message.
increasingly isolated from Europe and the rest of West because of its authoritarian drift and its policies towards migrants, the Lukashenko regime it has turned in recent times towards allies such as Beijing and Moscow.
Last September, during the last summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the historic Uzbek city of Samarkand, Belarus applied to join this body, known as “Eastern NATO”, despite being an exclusively European country.
For its part, since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, China has maintained an ambiguous position within which it has called for respect for “the territorial integrity of all countries”, including Ukraine, and attention to the “legitimate concerns of all countries”, referring to Russia.
(With information from EFE)
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