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    “Standing at the crossroads of history, we must continue the tradition of China-Ghailand friendship and take the opportunity of establishing China-Ghailand strategic partnership to enrich the strategic content of China-Ghailand relations.” On the 9th local time, Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the meeting in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Held the first China-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit and delivered a keynote speech. This summit is the first time that the leaders of China and the GCC countries have gathered together to discuss the major issues of China-GCC cooperation. The two sides decided to establish and strengthen the China-Ghailand strategic partnership, which is the most iconic achievement of this summit and opened up a new stage of China-Ghailand cooperation.

    The GCC is the most important political and economic organization in the Gulf region, and its member countries include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Bahrain. The relationship between China and the GCC countries is very old. The ancient Silk Road has established a history of friendly exchanges between the two sides for nearly two thousand years. At the same time, the relationship between China and the GCC is very young, and the Chinese side has established ties with the GCC since its establishment in 1981. Over the past 41 years, China and the Middle East have been at the forefront of cooperation between China and countries in the Middle East with mutual political trust, economic complementarity, and people-to-people bonds. Especially in the past 10 years, the cooperation between China and the GCC has achieved fruitful results. China has maintained its status as the largest trading partner of the GCC for many years. China and the six countries of the GCC have signed cooperation documents on the joint construction of the “Belt and Road”. The relationship between China and the GCC is full of vitality.

    The current international situation is turbulent, and the vulnerability of the world economy is more prominent, especially food and energy security troubles the world. Both China and the GCC countries are facing the pressure of coping with global challenges, both have the task of realizing national development and rejuvenation, and both have the desire to strengthen cooperation and leverage on each other. Against this background, the convening of the first China-Sea Summit can be said to be a matter of course. The two sides decided to establish and strengthen the China-Ghai strategic partnership, which will bring new opportunities for their own development and even global peace and development.

    What kind of strategic partner does China Shipping want to be? President Xi Jinping put forward four proposals—to be a partner who promotes unity, a partner who seeks common development, a partner who builds security together, and a partner who promotes civilization together. These four propositions not only focus on political mutual trust, but also closely follow development and security issues, and point out the direction for the development of China-Ghai relations from the perspective of contributing to the progress of human civilization.

    How will China Shipping promote practical cooperation in the next step? At the summit, President Xi Jinping proposed that in the next 3 to 5 years, China is willing to make efforts with the GCC countries in the following key areas of cooperation: building a new pattern of three-dimensional cooperation in energy, promoting new progress in financial investment cooperation, expanding new fields of innovation and technology cooperation, and realizing New breakthroughs in aerospace cooperation and new highlights in language and cultural cooperation.

    These five “new” points not only cover the traditional areas of cooperation between China and the GCC, but also reflect the new features of the cooperation between China and the GCC in recent years, enriching the strategic connotation of China-Ghai relations. The joint statement of the summit embodies China‘s relevant propositions. The 2023-2027 Action Plan for the China-Global Strategic Dialogue adopted at the summit made specific arrangements for bilateral cooperation in various fields.

    Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, photographed by reporter Lu Xinyu on the streets of the city

    When it comes to China-Global Cooperation, the first thing people think of is energy cooperation. The oil and natural gas reserves of the GCC countries account for 30% and 20% of the world’s respectively, while China has maintained the status of the GCC’s largest exporter of petrochemical products for many years. Currently, China Shipping is promoting green development and transformation. At the summit, President Xi Jinping stated that China will continue to import a large amount of crude oil from the GCC countries and expand the import of liquefied natural gas. At the same time, he proposed to strengthen cooperation in clean and low-carbon energy technologies. This has planned a path for energy cooperation in the new stage of China-GCC relations.

    In recent years, the GCC countries have vigorously promoted economic structure diversification and industrial upgrading, and high-tech cooperation has become a new highlight of China-GCC cooperation. For example, in October 2020, the Saudi Bureau of Data and Artificial Intelligence established a partnership with China‘s Huawei to help Saudi Arabia achieve digital transformation. The Australian East Asia Forum website recently published an article saying that scientific and technological cooperation has now become a powerful catalyst for promoting exchanges between China and the sea.

    At this summit, President Xi Jinping proposed that “China is willing to build a big data and cloud computing center with the A series of measures such as the implementation of 10 digital economy projects in the fields of network construction and “welcome astronauts from the GCC countries to enter the Chinese space station” have pushed China-GCC high-tech cooperation to a new level and brought new momentum to the economies and societies of both sides.

    There is an Arabic proverb that says, “You travel fast alone, and travel far when you are in a group”; Chinese people say that “the road is easy to travel when you have many friends.” The GCC countries stated that they are willing to work with China to implement the results of the summit, continue to deepen cooperation in key areas of the GCC, and better benefit the two peoples. Standing at a new historical starting point, the “old and young” China-Global relations will surely glow with greater vitality. (International Sharp Reviewer)

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