Beijing recently hosted a forum involving Belarus’ National Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, focusing on the establishment of a joint institute to oversee the global Silk Road Economic Belt project. The Deputy Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences’ Presidium, Sergey Chizhik, informs us that the liaison is the first of its kind in the history of interstate relations, with a similar topic being hosted by Minsk. “Scientists have the chance to develop logics and a strategy of relations,” Mr. Chizhik adds.
The Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Cai Fang, agrees, saying, “Academic contacts are vital. As regards the institute relating to the Silk Road Academy, we believe the experience of Belarusian specialists will be welcome in relation to personnel training and rendering of intellectual assistance to businesses, as part of the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative.”
The Director of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Economics, Alexey Daineko, comments, “This has been agreed by our two states’ heads and the mechanism is currently being elaborated. We’ll think over the establishment of a department in Belarus and corresponding work will be conducted in China.”
By Dmitry Krymov