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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has hailed the strategic partnership between Belarus and China.

The Belarusian-Chinese relations deserve the highest appraisal. We are proud to say that our cooperation has evolved into a strategic partnership, Lukashenko said while accepting credentials from China's ambassador Lu Guicheng in Minsk on Monday.

He praised constructive political dialogue and intensive expansion of trade-economic, credit-investment and scientific-technological ties with China.

Relations have reached an entirely new level with multi-million investment projects being launched, whose successful implementation will enable the Belarusian economy to make a qualitative leap forward, whereas for China it's a glaring chance to demonstrate its successes and achievements in the very heart of Europe, Lukashenko said.

In 2008, bilateral trade approached the two-billion mark , he said, adding that he hoped the mutual interpenetration of our economies will continue.

Lukashenko also hailed the high level of bilateral cooperation with Kazakhstan in the political, trade-economic and humanitarian spheres.

Kazakhstan is Belarus' strategic trade and economic partner in Central Asia, the Belarusian president said, accepting credentials from Kazakh ambassador to Belarus Anatoly Smirnov later in the day.

Belarus and Kazakhstan are tied by special bonds within the framework of such integration structures as EURASEC [Eurasian Economic Cooperation Organization], CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] and CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization] , Lukashenko said.

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