The Chinese authorities respect the choice made by the people of Belarus. On Thursday, official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin commented on the ceremony of inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko, TASS reports.
“We respect the choice made by the people of Belarus,” he said. “We hope and believe that under Lukashenko’s leadership Belarus will be able to restore political stability.”
On 9 August, presidential elections took place in Belarus. According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory with 80,10% of the vote, while his main opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya [who entered in place of her jailed husband] received 10,12%.
After the election results were announced, mass protests erupted across the country. On 23 September, the inauguration ceremony of Alexander Lukashenko took place. The date, time and venue of the inauguration were kept secret until the last moment, nor was there a traditional live broadcast.
Many countries of the European Union, as well as the United States and Canada, announced that they did not recognise Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus. Reacting to criticism Lukashenko said that the inauguration “is an internal affair of our country” and “we do not have to inform western states or anyone at all.”