[Commentary] Belarus Wants to Replace Western technology with Russian and Chinese technology

New York MOS Fitness Group Jack Li

In response to Western sanctions against Belarus, the Belarusian prime minister said he has prepared several sets of countermeasures involving foreign investment, product imports and technology substitution, according to Satellite News agency Minsk on June 5. It seems that Belarus intends to abandon European and American technologies in favor of Russian and Chinese ones, and to take trade protection measures against Western civilian products.

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On May 23, a Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania was forced to change course and land in Belarus by a military aircraft sent from Belarus. This was followed by the arrest of a Belarusian journalist on board who criticized Lukashenko’s election fraud and was charged with terrorism and inciting riots for his coverage of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus. The incident attracted plenty of negative attention and sanctions. from Western countries.

On August 9, 2020, Belarusian President Lukashenko was re-elected for a sixth term with about 80 percent of the vote, an election result that sparked the largest protest demonstrations in Belarusian history, with protesters claiming that the presidential election was fraudulent. As many as 100,000 protesters poured into the center of the Belarusian capital Minsk that day, a proportion of nearly one percent of the total population of Belarus, which is 9.5 million people, participated in the protests that day. Fearful of the people, the Belarusian government ruled with an iron fist and silenced the voice of the people.  

Lukashenko has been elected president of Belarus in six presidential “elections” since 1994, all of which were unsuccessful. In 2004, the law on presidential term limits was abolished by a so-called “referendum.” Lukashen’s 27 years of dictatorial rule predestined him to have the prerequisites to be incompatible with China and to have no chance to integrate into Western society and become a normal country.

Dictatorships are not concerned with socio-economic development or the improvement of people’s lives. They are only concerned with the continuation of their own dictatorship. The “successful experience” of the Chinese and Russian dictatorships gave Lukashenka unlimited confidence, and the firewall was far more attractive than the Internet and social platforms. In particular, the stability and electoral “high technology” of the Communist state is what Belarus needs most.


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