Pres­i­dent praises ‘friends’ at Arab expo

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping de­scribed the Arab states as “good friends” and im­por­tant part­ners in con­struct­ing the Belt and Road in his let­ter of con­grat­u­la­tion to the 2017 China-Arab States Expo. The expo, which brings to­gether Chi­nese and Arab busi­ness lead­ers to co­op­er­ate on science, fi­nance, en­ergy, agri­cul­ture, health­care, tourism and cul­ture, opened on Sept 6 in Yinchuan, cap­i­tal of the Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion. The pres­i­dent also hailed co­op­er­a­tion and achieve­ments be­tween the two sides. Xi said the Arab world ac­tively re­sponded to and widely sup­ported his pro­posal that the Belt and Road should be built as a road of peace, pros­per­ity, open­ing-up as well as in­no­va­tion, and one that con­nects dif­fer­ent civ­i­liza­tions, dur­ing the Belt and Road Fo­rum for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion in Bei­jing in May.

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