Beijing, December 7 Title: Hand in hand Building a China-Arab Community with a Shared Future in the New Era – Written on the occasion when President Xi Jinping is about to attend the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit and pay a state visit to Saudi Arabia
Xinhua News Agency reporter Han Liang Wang Wei Liu Pinran
The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was successfully held In the end, the major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics braved the waves, forged ahead, and wrote a new chapter of the times.
At the invitation of King Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President Xi Jinping went to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from December 7 to 10 to attend the first China-Arab States Summit, China-Gulf Arab States Cooperation Council Summit and State Visit to Saudi Arabia.
Following his attendance at the G20 Bali Summit, the 29th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and his visit to Thailand, President Xi Jinping embarked on a trip to the Middle East , draw a blueprint for China-Arab friendship and cooperation, point out the direction for building a China-Arab community with a shared future for the new era, and inject confidence and strength into regional and world peace, stability, development and prosperity.
In the new era, China will continue to hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation, and win-win results, join hands with other countries, and stride forward along the road of building a community with a shared future for mankind.
At present, the century-old changes are accelerating, the century-old epidemic is delayed and repeated, geopolitical tensions are superimposed with the evolution of the economic pattern, the risk of global economic recession is rising, and multiple crises such as world energy and food are superimposed. The Cold War mentality, hegemony, unilateralism Socialism and protectionism are on the rise, and the world is once again standing at a crossroads.
China and Arab countries are both important members of developing countries and important political forces on the international stage, facing similar historical opportunities and challenges, the two sides need more than ever Strengthen cooperation, overcome difficulties together, and move forward hand in hand.
“China is willing to work with Arab countries to continue to firmly support each other, expand cooperation, and join hands to build a China-Arab community with a shared future for the new era, and jointly create a bright future for China-Arab relations. Contribute to the promotion of world peace and development.” President Xi Jinping’s beautiful vision of building a China-Arab community with a shared future has received warm responses from the Arab world.
The convening of the first China-Arab Summit is a strategic choice for China and Arab states to strengthen unity and cooperation under the current situation. The Chinese and Arab leaders will plan for future cooperation between the two sides, promote the upgrading of China-Arab relations, and further consolidate the consensus of the two sides on major issues such as global governance, development and security, and dialogue among civilizations. Taking the convening of the summit of the China-Gulf Arab States Cooperation Council as an opportunity, the two sides will continue the tradition of friendship between China and the Gulf, plan a blueprint for future cooperation, and promote common development and prosperity.
The relationship between China and Arab countries has a long history, and the long history of exchanges has set up a model of friendly exchanges between different nations. Over the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, China and the Arab countries have respected each other, treated each other as equals, achieved mutual benefit and mutual learning, and achieved historic leaps in the breadth and depth of friendly cooperation.
Under the guidance of the head of state’s diplomacy, the Sino-Arab relations in the new era have shown vigor and vitality, and have continued to reach new levels.
In 2014, at the opening ceremony of the 6th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, President Xi Jinping proposed for the first time to build a China-Arab community of interests and a community of destiny, and Arab countries responded positively;
In 2016, President Xi Jinping visited the headquarters of the Arab League, comprehensively and systematically explained China‘s Middle East policy in the new era, planned the blueprint for the future development of Sino-Arab relations, and effectively improved the level of collective cooperation between China and Arab states;
In 2018, at the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, President Xi Jinping announced that China and the Arab States will establish a strategic partnership of comprehensive cooperation, common development, and future-oriented, outlining the destiny of China and Arab states
In 2020, at the ninth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, the two sides unanimously decided to include the idea of promoting the building of a China-Arab community with a shared future in the Amman Declaration”, China and Arab states have reached a positive consensus on building a community with a shared future.
Climb high and look far, sincerely appeal again and again, and walk firmly together again and again. Under the personal promotion of President Xi Jinping and the joint efforts of both parties, China and the Arab countries have grasped the general trend of history, strengthened top-level design, planned development paths, and promoted the construction of a China-Arab community with a shared future.
Nowadays, China and Arab states have close high-level exchanges, political mutual trust has been continuously strengthened, economic and trade cooperation has achieved fruitful results, solidarity has built a solid barrier against the epidemic, people-to-people and cultural exchanges have become increasingly close, and international and regional affairs have been strengthened. Cooperation has set a benchmark for solidarity and cooperation among developing countries and a model for South-South cooperation.
The summit will open up broader prospects for the China-Arab strategic partnership and lead China and Arab countries to make great strides forward on the road of building a China-Arab community with a shared future.
Mohannad Azawi, director of the UAE’s Sakar Strategic Research Center, believes that the relationship between the Gulf countries and China is getting closer, and looks forward to President Xi Jinping’s visit and China– The holding of the Gulf Cooperation Council summit comprehensively deepened mutual relations. “China and the Gulf countries have strengthened exchanges and cooperation, which has built a ‘safety valve’ for the regional economic and political stability.”
Former Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said, Arab The country and China are both representatives of ancient and great civilizations in the world. The ancient Silk Road has long linked these two civilizations together. Algeria and China have maintained close trade and cultural exchanges. The upcoming first China-Argentina Summit will be a A milestone in the development of the strategic partnership between the two parties.
Gathering the power of all actions to promote peaceful development
In Doha, the capital of Qatar, the Lusail Stadium is brightly lit at night, just like the “Golden Bowl” in the desert. The Qatar World Cup main stadium designed and built by a Chinese company has not only become a witness to the grand international football event, but also a new landmark in Qatar, appearing on the new local 10 riyal banknote.
From desert to oasis, from ocean to starry sky, China and Arab states jointly build the “Belt and Road” Upsurges are emerging everywhere, constantly adding new atmosphere to regional development.
Arab countries are located at the junction of three continents, Asia, Africa and Europe. Affected by the chaos of war, it is facing difficulties in development.
In the face of the “Middle East problem”, China‘s Middle East policy has always been in line with the strong desire of the people in the Middle East to pursue peace and look forward to development. China does not seek self-interest in the Middle East, does not engage in geopolitical competition, does not divide spheres of influence, upholds the spirit of equal and friendly partnership, respects the independent choices of countries in the region, and injects positive energy into the peaceful development of the Middle East through sincere cooperation.
President Xi Jinping proposed to build a common, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable Middle East security architecture, which provides important ideological inspiration for solving the security dilemma in the Middle East. From the five-point initiative on realizing security and stability in the Middle East, to the four-point proposition on the political settlement of the Syrian issue, to the three-point idea of implementing the “two-state solution” between Palestine and Israel, China actively plays the role of a responsible major country and actively promotes regional peace and security. Run around and actively speak out for political solutions to hot issues.
Currently, changes in the world, times, and history are unfolding in unprecedented ways. Standing at the height of the historical development of mankind, President Xi Jinping has successively proposed global development initiatives and global security initiatives, expressing the common aspirations of the people of all countries for justice, peace, and development, and has won wide recognition and support from the international community.
In 2014, President Xi Jinping proposed to the Arab world to jointly build the “Belt and Road” initiative, so that the development strategies of China and Arabs can be aligned, and the dream of revival between China and Arabs can be closely linked. Arab countries should respond Gathered. Over the past 8 years, China and Arab states have not only climbed high and looked far, but also kept our feet on the ground. We have benefited people’s livelihood through practical cooperation and promoted regional development and prosperity. China has signed cooperation documents on the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” with 20 Arab countries and the Arab League. The two sides have implemented more than 200 large-scale cooperation projects in the fields of energy and infrastructure, and the results of cooperation have benefited nearly 2 billion people on both sides.
In the North Cape of Africa, the China-Arab Beidou Center in Tunisia illuminates the road of China-Arab technical cooperation; the desert oasis , the Dubai solar-thermal-photovoltaic hybrid power generation project participated by Chinese enterprises helps the UAE achieve its clean energy goals; on the shore of the Red Sea, the China-Egypt TEDA Suez Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone drives economic development, promotes employment and people’s livelihood… From digital economy to green development, from artificial From intelligence to aerospace, the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” between China and Arab states has yielded fruitful results, and promoted the all-round cooperation between China and Arab states to enter a new stage.
The “Belt and Road” initiative meets the needs of Arab countries for economic diversification and brings hope and strength to the realization of long-term peace and prosperity in the Middle East. Ali al-Zahiri, UAE ambassador to China, said that the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative is committed to achieving common development, prosperity and mutual understanding, and has achieved remarkable achievements. China-Arab cooperation is entering a new “golden age”.
In the face of the turbulent and complicated international environment, China and the Arab countries are more determined to develop friendly relations, support each other’s actions to defend their core interests more forcefully, and play an important role in promoting world peace It plays an increasingly important role in the development and safeguarding of the interests of developing countries.
Play the sound of harmony and create a better future
On the coast of the Red Sea in western Saudi Arabia, the small town of Yanbu is full of vitality, and the employees are busy at the Zhongsha Yanbu Refinery. This demonstration project of energy cooperation between the two countries, witnessed by the heads of state of China and Saudi Arabia, has helped the transformation and upgrading of the Saudi economy, benefited the local development and people’s livelihood, and written a warm story of win-win cooperation between the two countries.
The friendly exchanges between the people of China and Saudi Arabia have a long history, especially since the beginning of the new century, the two countries established a strategic After the sexual friendly relationship, the bilateral relationship has achieved leapfrog development. After China proposed the “Belt and Road” initiative, Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to actively respond to this initiative.
“Both China and Saudi Arabia are big countries with profound historical and cultural heritage, and are currently facing the task of improving the quality of economic development and improving people’s living standards. China is willing to cooperate with Saudi Arabia Learn from and learn from to achieve common development and prosperity.” President Xi Jinping said when he visited Saudi Arabia in 2016. During the visit, the two heads of state unanimously decided to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Saudi Arabia, and decided to establish a high-level joint committee between China and Saudi Arabia to push bilateral relations into the fast lane.
Under the guidance of the heads of state’s diplomacy, the political mutual trust between the two countries has deepened, and cooperation in various fields has yielded fruitful results. The two sides agreed to put China-Saudi Arabia relations at the top of their respective foreign relations and support each other on issues concerning each other’s core interests.
China is Saudi Arabia’s largest trading partner, and Saudi Arabia is an important energy supplier to China and the largest trading partner in West Asia and Africa. The bilateral trade volume between China and Saudi Arabia will reach US$87.31 billion in 2021, a year-on-year increase of 30.1%.
Under the joint care of President Xi Jinping and King Salman, the “Belt and Road” initiative and Saudi Arabia The “Vision 2030” is in-depth docking, the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of energy, science and technology, and infrastructure construction has continued to deepen, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges have become increasingly close. Today, Chinese workers are sweating at the construction site of King Salman Port, Chinese companies are participating in the construction of the future city project in Saudi Arabia, archaeologists from China and Saudi Arabia jointly excavated the ancient port on the Red Sea, and the Saudi people set off a “Chinese fever”… The picture of the era of China-Saudi Arabia friendship, Slowly spread out.
“I hope that through President Xi Jinping’s state visit this time, Saudi Arabia and China can build the relationship between the two countries into a model for the development of bilateral relations in the world.” Abdullah, an expert on China issues in Saudi Arabia Le Aziz Shabani said.
Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman said, “Saudi Arabia will continue to be a reliable and trustworthy partner of China.”
It is difficult for those who do it alone, but it is easy for those who walk together. Thanks to the joint efforts and careful cultivation of both sides, the big trees of China-Saudi Arabia and China-Arab friendship are flourishing and evergreen all the year round.The two sides practiced genuine multilateralism, continued to expand practical cooperation, strengthened coordination and demonstrated responsibility in international and regional affairs, and continuously enriched the China-Arab strategic partnership with new connotations , inject new impetus.
The report of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China pointed out that China has always adhered to the foreign policy purpose of maintaining world peace and promoting common development, and is committed to promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. No matter how the international situation changes, China always views China-Arab relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, and always regards the Arab countries as important partners for China to firmly follow the path of peaceful development, strengthen solidarity and cooperation with developing countries, and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
Facing the future, China and Arab countries will continue to be connected hand in hand, so that the traditional friendship will be passed on from generation to generation, and the friendly The cooperation has grown stronger over time, and we will join hands to build a China-Arab community with a shared future for the new era, and continue to make new contributions to promoting lasting peace and common development in the world.
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