Belarus is a landlocked country located in the Eastern Europe and known as the country of “Ten Thousands of Lakes”. August 7th, “Witness Friendship” 2013 Summer Home & Abroad News Press Junior Journalist Delegation visited Belarus Embassy in China. The Minister Counsellor of Belarus Embassy Mr. Senyuta Vadim and the Press Counsellor joyfully accepted our interview.
“Good morning Mr. Minister Vadim, thank you very much for accepting our interview. We have seen on television that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visited China between July 15th and 17th. Both countries decided to establish comprehensive strategic partnership in many areas. One of the key initiatives is to expand the youth exchanges between the two countries. Please introduce some recent exchange programs among the Chinese and Belarus teenagers and how these programs are currently undertaken right now?”
“China is the best friend of Belarus and Belarus is the trustworthy and reliable partner to China. Expanding the youth exchanges between China and Belarus is a key consideration in establishing the comprehensive strategic partnership; it is an important step to improve the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Now, both countries already formed dedicated offices to oversee the programs and implement the action plans. Young people will become the countries’ leaders in the future; therefore, deepening the exchange and communication among the teenagers of China and Belarus is very important and necessary. Belarus will send more people to China again this September to analyze and run some particular programs in this matter.” Minister Vadim answered.
“In the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the Belarus Pavilion left a great impression to all of us. We see Belarus as a pearl in Eastern Europe with the title of "Ten Thousand Lakes", would you please introduce Belarusian tourism to us?” junior journalist asked.
“Belarus is located in the Eastern Europe. There are blue sky, white snow, green grassland and red buildings. Everything comes together to form a colorful picture. The country is known as the “Ten Thousands of Lakes” and it has 30% primeval forests and 8% nature reserves. Ecology and agriculture tourism are the best choices in the country. Visitors can enjoy the nature in the farms or forests.” He also introduced that Belarus will host the international hockey games next May and the capital city Minsk will have a trade show in Beijing to promote its tourism.
“We want to know what the difference between Belarus and Russia is.” We asked. Minister Vadim said, “The two countries are totally different. Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe and Russia is the biggest country in the world connecting Europe and Asia. Belarus has its own language and well-kept traditions. Belarus is known as “white” because our ancestors always wear white clothes, that implies purity. We have very close relationship with Russia and this relationship never got influenced by the western countries.”
“Mr. Minister Counsellor, what kind of sports Belarus children enjoy to do? Do they have a lot of homework after school?” “Is the new education standard of Belarus integrated with the united European education development? If we want to study in Belarus, what are the advantages the country may offer?” junior journalists asked many questions and Minister Vadim was very kind to answer them one by one.
To encourage the questions from the youngest journalists Lv Xinya and Peng Yirun, Minister Vadim specially awarded them the crystal balls and the stuffed animals from Belarus. Other members also received delicious Belarus chocolates. Junior journalists also presented their gifts to the host. The entire embassy was full of joy and laugh……