President praises ‘friends’ at Arab expo
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.