Chinese president arrives in Belarus for state visit

Updated: 2015-05-10 16:26


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MINSK -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here Sunday for a three-day state visit to Belarus, the first by a Chinese head of state in 14 years.

During his visit, Xi will hold talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and meet with Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov.

He will attend an economic and trade forum between local governments of the two countries and visit the China-Belarus industrial park, which is the largest cooperation project between the two sides.

The Chinese president will also visit the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War and meet the country's World War Two veterans.

Xi and Lukashenko are expected to sign a treaty of friendship and cooperation and issue a joint statement on deepening cooperation.

Government departments and enterprises from the two countries will sign a stack of cooperation documents on economy and trade, customs, education and culture.

China has become Belarus' fifth largest trading partner in the world and the largest in Asia.

Belarus is the last stop of Xi's three-nation tour, which has already taken him to Kazakhstan and Russia. In Moscow, he attended commemorative events marking the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War.