Xi seeks greater Sino-Arab relations

President Xi Jinping called for joint efforts with Arab states to build the Belt and Road together,
promote peace and stability in the Middle East and safeguard justice.
Xi made the remarks in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the eighth ministerial
meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Beijing on Tuesday.
The president announced that China and Arab countries had agreed to establish a “future-
oriented strategic partnership of comprehensive cooperation and common development”.
History and fact prove that no matter how the international relations change and how many
difficulties are ahead, China and Arab countries have always been good partners and brothers
that support and benefit from each other, Xi said.
The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has gained wide support and proactive participation
from the international community, Xi said, adding that Arab countries are natural partners of the
Belt and Road given their important geographic locations.
The president called on Arab countries to boost strategic mutual trust with China, uphold the
principle of sovereignty, propose inclusive reconciliation and oppose terrorism.
Xi announced that China will set up a special project to rebuild economies through industrial
vitalization and offer humanitarian aid to relevant Arab states.
He pointed out that China and Arab states should focus on boosting interconnectivity, promote
cooperation in oil and gas and low-carbon energy, and enhance cooperation in finance and high
Xi pledged that China will deepen overall reform and uphold the basic national policy of
opening-up. He welcomed the Arab countries to attend the first China International Import Expo,
to be held in Shanghai in November.
He called on relentless efforts in building the China-Arab community with shared interests and a
shared future.
China and Arab countries should learn more from each other, resolve misunderstandings through
dialogue, resolve disagreements in an inclusive manner and work together to build cyberspace
civilization, Xi said.
Xi said the China-Arab Reform and Development Research Center, which was launched in
Shanghai in April, should be built stronger to provide more intellectual support for both sides.
China and Arab countries should make joint efforts to answer the call of the people and promote
vitalization in the Middle East, Xi said.
The diversity of the Middle East should be the origin of vigor for the region, and each country’s
national condition as well as their own choices must be respected, Xi said, adding that China
proposes to build a common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable framework for
Xi pointed out that development is the key to many problems in the Middle East and all parties
should keep cooperation in mind, make use of their complementary advantages and achieve
common prosperity.
The relevant parties should follow the international consensus and handle the Palestinian issue in
a fair manner, Xi said, adding that China supports pushing the peace talks between Palestine and
Israel on the basis of the two-state solution and the Arab peace initiative.
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin
Ahmed Al-Jubeir and the Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit delivered
speeches at the opening ceremony.
They spoke highly of Arab-China friendship, expressed willingness of participating in building
the Belt and Road and agreed with Xi’s proposal of building a community with a shared future
for mankind.