Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, was independent from the Soviet Union on August 25th, 1991, and it officially renamed to the Republic of Belarus on December 19th of the same year. On the morning of January 30, “Witness Friendship” Home and Abroad News Press 2018 Winter Junior Journalist Delegation interviewed with the Belarusian Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Rudy Kiryl at the ambassador’s residence.
Ambassador delivered a short welcome speech: Good morning the junior journalists of Home and Abroad News Press. My name is Rudy Kiryl, this is the second year of my term here as the ambassador to China. Firstly, I would like to show you a video about Belarus. After watching the video, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have for me.
The junior journalists watched the national promotion video aboutBelarus. Then, they asked Ambassador Rudy Kiryl many questions.
A junior journalist asked: “Hello Ambassador! You are a young but experienced diplomat. You attended the “Eurasian Lecture Hall” at Renmin University of China on November 16th, 2017, you delivered a keynote speech “A New Era of Cooperation between Belarus and China”. In your opinions, how will the young people in China and Belarus jointly maintain and promote the precious friendship between the two countries and contribute more to the development process of ‘Belarus and China's new era of cooperation’? Thank you!”
Ambassador: "Belarus is the center of Europe. Belarus and China have always been friendly countries in history. Both our President Lukashenko and President Xi Jinping are good friends. I must admit that there are more opportunities now, especially between China and Belarus. Mutual communication is extremely important between two countries. It is totally possible and achievable in today’s world. Nowadays, China and Belarus are trying their best to utilize various channels and opportunities to promote the communication between the two countries.”
A junior journalist asked: Hello Ambassador! You have 2 lovely children living in Beijing with you. Will you teach them Chinese language and Chinese culture? How can we become friends with them? Thank you!”
Ambassador: I will let my son to answer your question.
Ambassador's wife and sons were also there during our interview with the ambassador. As soon as the elder son spoke to us, we all got shocked because of his super fluentChinese. This boy is very talented andadorable with active thinking and super memories. Also, he has well-established diplomatic manners. He said he has many friends in Hong Kong, but he doesn’t have any friends in Mainland China yet. His mother told him that starting from today, you will have many friends in China, so many of them!” All junior journalists smiled to him. The ambassador said many Belarusian children are studying Chinese language now.
Another junior journalist asked: “Belarus is a unique country with great natural resources and beautiful sceneries. China's “Year of Tourism to Belarus” was officially launched on January 10th, 2018. Belarus will provide visa exemption for Chinese nationals to attract more Chinese tourists to visit Belarus. As Ambassador of Belarus to China, could you please tell us about the unique Belarusian culture and tourist attractions? Thank you!”
Ambassador: this year is a special year because it is the Year of Tourism inBelarus. Belarusian culture is a big melting pot where European culture and Belarusian culture are perfectly integrated with each other. You will find that the Belarusian culture has many elements from Russia, and that there are many castles in Belarus. It also matches with the forest and the natural resources. Just like China's giant panda, it is a natural heritage.
“We all know that Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievichwas awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. I wonder what your favorite Belarussian literature is?” we asked.
Ambassador: Actually, asthe winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, she is also very famous in China. She also visited our Belarusian embassy in Beijing before. We have one of her Chinese books on the bookshelf here. She is a representative ofBelarusian literary. The Nobel prize was not only her own prize, in fact, many of her teachers werefamous authors too. Therefore, the honor of the Nobel Prize is not her own achievement, but also it was a miracle of the entire Belarusian literary.
Another junior journalist asked: Hello Ambassador, I would like to know more about how your country are utilizing the natural resources while protecting the nature?
Ambassador: In Belarus, about 30% of the country's territory is covered by forests, and Belarus has more than 10,000 lakes. The forests provide oxygen not only for Belarus but also for the whole of Europe. Many foreigners come to our country to breathe fresh air. In addition, we have our own unique and green environmental protection standards to ensure that natural resources are not damaged or polluted by the industry.
At the end of the interview, junior journalists presented their new year gifts for the ambassador’s wife and children. Ambassador's son Anton signed his signaturefor all junior journalists.