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Added On May 9, 2018

CHINA'S FOREIGN TRADE IMPROVES
 
China's Ministry of Commerce said on Monday that the country's foreign trade development is expected to further stabilize and improve in 2018, despite some challenges.  
   
On the risk side, rising protectionism and an unsteady economic recovery worldwide, along with structural problems in the domestic economy, will combine to present challenges for trade growth.
 
Meanwhile, to spur trade growth, the government has introduced a string of measures to ease business procedures for exports and lower tariffs to expand imports.
 
Official data showed that China's foreign trade volume in the first quarter of the year expanded 9.4 percent year on year to 6.75 trillion yuan , or 1.06 trillion U.S. dollars.
 
 
BEARUS, CHINA TO SIGN VISA-FREE AGREEMENT
 
Belarusian parliament speaker Mikhail Myasnikovich said on Monday that Belarua and China are going to sign a 30-day visa-free agreement.
   
The signing of a visa-free agreement for the period of up to 30 days will be one of the main event of the Year of tourism of Belarus in China, greatly promoting the development of tourism.
 
The official said, more than 20,000 tourists from China visited Belarus in 2017. With the development of medical tourism, the number of Chinese visitors to Belarus may increase.
 
 
CHINA CONGRATULATES PUTIN ON INAUGURATION
 
China extended heartfelt congratulations to Vladimir Putin on his inauguration for a fourth term as Russian president on Monday.
   
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang told a routine press briefing that "the Chinese side believes that under the leadership of President Putin, Russia will keep making achievements in its nation building and social and economic development." 
   
Putin took the oath of office on Monday in Moscow to start his fourth term as Russian president. Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Putin on his re-election in a telephone conversation in March.
  
Geng said, with strategic guidance of and personal push by President Xi and President Putin, the bilateral ties have stayed at a high development level, stressing that the two countries' comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination was at its best in history.