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Xi’s Mideast trip to open up new prospects for China-Arab community with shared future

RIYADH (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here Wednesday afternoon to attend the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, and pay a state visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

Workers communicate at the Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (YASREF) in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 27, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Haizhou)

It is widely believed that Xi’s trip will give a further boost to China’s cooperation with the Arab world, promote peace and prosperity in the region, and chart a path to jointly building a China-Arab community with a shared future for the new era.
Stronger cooperation, closer bonds
The world is once again at a critical juncture. A slew of pressing global challenges such as a sluggish global economy, rising bloc politics, widening wealth gaps, as well as escalating food and security crises are testing humanity’s resolve and wisdom.
Against this backdrop, China and Arab countries, more than ever, need to join forces to strengthen cooperation and overcome various international challenges.
China is willing to work with Arab countries to enhance mutual support and expand cooperation in a joint effort to build a China-Arab community with a shared future for the new era, so as to create a bright future for China-Arab relations and make contributions to world peace and development, Xi said in a congratulatory message to the 31st Arab League (AL) Summit on Nov. 1.
The first China-Arab States Summit is a strategic choice for China and Arab countries under the current situation. Leaders of the two sides will chart the course for future cooperation, upgrade bilateral ties, and further consolidate their consensus on major issues such as global governance, development and security, and dialogue among civilizations.
Taking the China-GCC summit as an opportunity, the two sides are expected to continue their friendly tradition, draw up a blueprint for future cooperation and promote common development.
Over time, China and Arab countries have set a fine example of friendly exchanges among different cultures and nations. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China more than 70 years ago, China and Arab countries have respected each other, treated each other as equals, achieved mutual benefits and learned from each other.
In the past few years, China-Arab relations in the new era have shown great vitality and seen constant progress, which has also bolstered the building of a China-Arab community with a shared future.
In 2014, Xi first proposed building a China-Arab community of common interests and a community of common destiny at the sixth ministerial conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum. The proposal was warmly welcomed by Arab countries.
Two years later, Xi visited the AL headquarters, elaborating on China’s Middle East policy in the new era in a comprehensive and systematic way and mapping out the blueprint for the future development of China-Arab relations, which vigorously improved the overall cooperation between China and Arab countries.
In 2018, Xi announced that China and the Arab countries agreed to establish a “Sino-Arab future-oriented strategic partnership of comprehensive cooperation and common development” at the 8th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum. That outlined a path for building a China-Arab community with a shared future.
In July 2020, China and Arab states reached positive consensus on including “jointly building a China-Arab community with a shared future in the new era” in the Amman Declaration, which was adopted during the 9th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum.
With Xi’s promotion and the joint efforts from both sides, China and Arab countries have grasped the trend of history and made continuous progress in building a China-Arab community with a shared future.

(Latest Update December 9, 2022)

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