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Belarusian President Lukashenko visits Peking University, joins ice hockey friendly
Dec 05, 2023
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President Lukashenko meets with Hao Ping

Peking University, December 5, 2023: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is on a working trip to China, visited Peking University (PKU) on the afternoon of Dec. 4, 2023. President Lukashenko was received by Hao Ping, council chair of Peking University, at Linhuxuan.

In his meeting with Hao Ping, Lukashenko expressed his hope for Belarusian-Chinese friendly cooperation, stressing that Belarus has been a good friend to China.

Noting that Peking University stood as a world-class university, Lukashenko emphasized that Belarus would work to reinforce cooperation and people-to-people exchanges with Peking University and China's higher education field.

Belarus stood ready to conduct across-the-board academic collaborations with China in disciplines and fields ranging from biology and physics to chemistry and mathematics, he said.

In his speech, President Lukashenko lauded China as a reliable major country, adding that Belarus would further facilitate Belarus-China people-to-people and cultural exchanges in art and sports, in an endeavor to deepen mutual understanding among the two countries' youth. Specifically, the president invited Peking University's student sports and art organizations to Belarus for exchanges.

Hao Ping extended his welcome to President Lukashenko, who visited Peking University and spoke to PKU students back in September 2016, and expressed gratitude to Lukashenko for his long-time care and support of Peking University's development.

Hao underscored that the University would earnestly implement the consensus reached by Chinese and Belarusian leaders on educational cooperation. He emphasized that the cooperation program in biology between Peking University and Belarusian State University, aiming to cultivate talents in the field who are proficient in cross-cultural exchanges, represented a paradigm in the two nations' educational cooperation.

In addition, Peking University would strive to carry out exchanges in diverse forms with Belarusian higher education institutions to cement educational cooperation and foster mutual learning between China and Belarus, Hao added.

Shortly after the meeting, President Lukashenko and his delegation went to the National Stadium, about a 20-minute drive from Peking University, to spectate the training session of the Peking University ice hockey team and join an ice hockey friendly between the Belarus President's Hockey Team and the Peking University team.

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Hao Ping drops the puck to kick off the friendly match

Hao Ping dropped the puck to kick off the friendly match, during which President Lukashenko, donning his No.1 jersey, hit the ice for the two-round match.

Exhilaration and enjoyment hung in the air throughout the friendly match, surrounded by cheers, bravo, and the melodious Belarusian background music. After the final whistle was blown, players from both sides shook hands, exchanged souvenirs, and posed for pictures, still immersed in the engaging friendly match.

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The day's event was graced by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Nikolai Snopkov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Sergei Aleinik, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the People's Republic of China, Aleksandr Chervyakov, and Director-General of the Department of European-Central Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, Liu Bin. Fang Fang, vice president of Peking University, among other School leaders, also attended the aforementioned events.

This article was featured in the special coverage of PKU's Global Engagement Year.

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Reported and written by: Dennis Meng
Photos by: Wang Tiantian, Li Xianghua, Liu Yueling