Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive en­hances China-Arab strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion: Wang

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—China will ad­vance the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive with Arab coun­tries and con­sol­i­date China-Arab strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion ties, Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi wrote in an Egyp­tian state-run news­pa­per on Tues­day. Pay­ing an of­fi­cial visit to Qatar to at­tend the 7th min­is­te­rial meet­ing of the China-Arab States Co­op­er­a­tion Fo­rum, Wang wrote in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the of­fi­cial Ahram news­pa­per on Tues­day that he will dis­cuss with the Arab coun­tries “means of jointly ad­vanc­ing the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and deepen China- Arab strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion.”

China and Arab coun­tries will also ex­change views on in­ter­na­tional and re­gional is­sues of com­mon con­cern at the meet­ing, Wang said. Mark­ing the 60th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties between China and the Arab world, this year’s fo­rum will kick off at Doha on Thurs­day.

At the 6th min­is­te­rial meet­ing of the fo­rum held at Bei­jing in 2014, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping pro­posed a larger “1+2+3” China-Arab co­op­er­a­tion frame­work. “Over the past two years, the China-Arab co­op­er­a­tion tree has be­come fruit­ful due to mutual ef­forts,” added Wang, not­ing that China and Arab coun­tries have strength­ened co­op­er­a­tions in po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and cul­tural mat­ters in the past two years.

China and Arab coun­tries should build on the re­sults of Pres­i­dent Xi’s initiatives an­nounced dur­ing his speech at the head­quar­ters of the Arab League in Jan­uary, which charts the course for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of friendly co­op­er­a­tion between China and Arab coun­tries, Wang said.

The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, which com­prises the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and the 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road, was brought up in 2013, with the aim of build­ing a trade and in­fra­struc­ture net­work con­nect­ing Asia with Europe and Africa along the an­cient Silk Road routes. “Ad­vanc­ing the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive, which needs con­ve­nient en­vi­ron­ment, will pro­vide big mo­men­tum to achieve peace in the re­gion,” Wang said.

The Belt and Road ini­tia­tive is based on mutual in­ter­ests and gains, and it will be a road for in­te­gra­tion and sol­i­dar­ity among civ­i­liza­tions, he said.

“Around 2,000 years ago, China and Arab na­tions have built mutual un­der­stand­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion via the old Silk Road,” Wang said.

RIYADH: Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping (L, front) is wel­comed by Deputy Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man and other of­fi­cials upon his ar­rival in Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia, Jan. 19, 2016. Xi ar­rived here on Tues­day for a state visit to Saudi Ara­bia, the first stop of his three-na­tion tour of the Mid­dle East. [File photo]

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