Xi calls for steady im­ple­men­ta­tion of Be­larus co­op­er­a­tion projects

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OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said here on Satur­day that China and Be­larus should steadily im­ple­ment the agreed ma­jor co­op­er­a­tion projects and en­hance co­or­di­na­tion of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides.

Dur­ing a meet­ing with his Be­laru­sian coun­ter­part, Alexan­der Lukashenko, Xi said the de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions has gained speed and bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields is en­joy­ing an over­all ad­vance­ment.

The two sides ren­der firm sup­port to each other on is­sues con­cern­ing their re­spec­tive core in­ter­ests, Xi said. The Chi­nese pres­i­dent said both sides should seek to dove­tail their de­vel­op­ment strate­gies and en­hance over­all plan­ning and co­or­di­na­tion on co­op­er­a­tion projects.

Both sides should fo­cus on the construction of the China-Balerus In­dus­trial Park and deepen co­op­er­a­tion in ma­jor projects, so as to boost over- ince where Iraq’s sec­ond largest city of Mo­sul is lo­cated. Mo­sul fell under ISIS con­trol since June 2014.— Agen­cies all co­op­er­a­tion in trade, in­vest­ment, fi­nance and sub-na­tional af­fairs and to push for­ward the construction of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, Xi said.

The two coun­tries should en­hance cul­tural and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes, and main­tain the mo­men­tum of de­vel­op­ment in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion, said the Chi­nese pres­i­dent.

For his part, Lukashenko said Be­larus has al­ways been China’s re­li­able friend and he is happy to see that both sides have ren­dered sup­port to each other on their re­spec­tive ma­jor con­cerns.

The of­fi­cial was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the op­er­a­tions pub­licly, so spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity. The US mil­i­tary spokesman in Kabul, Brig. Gen. Charles Cleve­land, said US forces “have con­ducted a lim­ited num­ber of strikes under th­ese new au­thor­i­ties” but it is “too early to quan­tify the ef­fects achieved.”

The strikes “are only be­ing used where they may help the Afghans achieve a strate­gic ef­fect,” Cleve­land said.

US of­fi­cials made it clear when they an­nounced the new au­thor­ity to hit Tal­iban tar­gets once again that they would only be used in se­lec­tive op­er­a­tions that were deemed to have a strate­gic and im­por­tant ef­fect on the fight. Cook said the strikes “hit their in­tended tar­gets.—Agen­cies

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