|Qin Gang Has a Phone Call with Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Aleinik|
On February 24, 2023, Foreign Minister Qin Gang had a phone call with Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Aleinik.
Qin Gang said that at the Samarkand Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in September last year, President Xi Jinping and President Aleksandr Lukashenko announced the elevation of China-Belarus relations to an all-weather comprehensive strategic partnership. Thus achieved a historic leap in bilateral relations. China is ready to work with Belarus to follow through on the important common understandings between the two heads of state, maintain high-level exchanges, and take the head-of-state diplomacy as the strategic guidance, deepen political mutual trust and push for more fruitful outcomes in bilateral cooperation. China will continue to support Belarus in its efforts to safeguard national stability and development, and oppose external interference in Belarus's internal affairs and illegal unilateral sanctions against the country.
Aleinik said that Belarus always prioritizes Belarus-China relations in its foreign relations, firmly committed to the one-China principle, firmly supports China as always on issues concerning its core interests, further deepens practical cooperation in various fields, and pushes forward the Belarus-China all-weather comprehensive strategic partnership on all fronts.
The two sides also exchanged views on the Ukraine crisis and other issues of mutual interest and concern. Qin Gang briefed on China's Position on the Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis released by the Chinese side. He emphasized that China always stands on the side of peace, supports efforts in promoting peace talks, calls on all relevant parties to keep rational and exercise restraint, to avoid the escalation and expansion of the crisis, to restart negotiations at an early date, to respect each other, to accommodate each other's legitimate concerns, and to establish a balanced, effective and sustainable European security architecture. Aleinik expressed that Belarus fully agrees with and supports the Chinese document, and China's relevant proposals are of great significance to resolving the crisis.