China diplo­mats, aca­demics hail Qatar’s suc­cess in over­com­ing siege ef­fects

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Chi­nese diplo­mats and aca­demics have praised the Qatari gov­ern­ment’s suc­cess in over­com­ing the cur­rent Gulf cri­sis and the un­just siege im­posed on the state. They hailed the ef­forts ex­erted by the coun­try in in­fra­struc­ture, in­dus­trial projects and self-suf­fi­ciency.

The diplo­mats and aca­demics stressed that Qatar had dealt with the cri­sis with great pro­fes­sion­al­ism and in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tives that en­abled it to over­come the or­deal in a very short pe­riod.

They fur­ther pointed that the peo­ple of Qatar made a good con­scious de­ci­sion by sup­port­ing their lead­er­ship, at­tribut­ing that to the state’s ap­proach in in­vest­ing in the hu­man re­source and re­liance on young peo­ple, not­ing at the same time that this week will wit­ness the sign­ing of a co-op­er­a­tion agree­ment be­tween Shang­hai Univer­sity of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies and Qatar Univer­sity.

This came dur­ing a sem­i­nar held by the Cen­ter for Chi­nese-Arab Stud­ies for Re­form and Devel­op­ment at its head­quar­ters in Shang­hai, to mark the 30th an­niver­sary of Qatar-China re­la­tions, on the geopo­lit­i­cal trans­for­ma­tions in the Gulf re­gion, the fu­ture of the Gulf Co-op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC), the ob­jec­tives and chal­lenges of Qatar Na­tional Vi­sion 2030, Qatar-China bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, re­form and open­ness in China and the “Belt and Road” ini­tia­tive.

The par­tic­i­pants pointed out that the China is a ma­jor part­ner of the Arab and Gulf re­gion, es­pe­cially the State of Qatar, through in­vest­ment, sup­port­ing var­i­ous in­dus­tries and help­ing to meet the needs of the Qatari peo­ple in the ar­eas of in­fra­struc­ture, tech­no­log­i­cal food in­dus­tries, cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion, point­ing out that the Qatari po­ten­tial is large and its in­fra­struc­ture al­lows the im­ple­men­ta­tion of large in­dus­trial and sci­en­tific zones.

They stressed that the GCC is re­quired to re­solve the cur­rent Gulf cri­sis to face the ex­ter­nal dan­gers, es­pe­cially as it was the only strong re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tion af­ter the de­cline of the Arab League’s role and its weak­ness.

The par­tic­i­pants stressed that the Gulf cri­sis is ham­per­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive and the sign­ing of the free trade agree­ment be­tween China and the GCC as well as sev­eral joint in­fra­struc­ture projects be­tween the Gulf coun­tries such as the Gulf train project, elec­tri­cal link­age and other ma­jor projects that con­trib­ute to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Chi­nese ini­tia­tive and drive the devel­op­ment of the re­gion.

They con­cluded that the coun­tries of the re­gion should con­sider re­ar­rang­ing the GCC from within to face the ex­ter­nal dan­gers that sur­round the re­gion, put aside broth­erly dif­fer­ences and con­tinue eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and devel­op­ment re­form to give pri­or­ity to com­mon in­ter­ests, re­new trust be­tween the par­ties and put an end to the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis.

They ex­plained that the up­com­ing sum­mit of this im­por­tant re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to re­solve this cri­sis, which harms all par­ties and harms the in­ter­ests of all Arab coun­tries.

They added that the 2022 World Cup is a golden op­por­tu­nity to solve the Gulf cri­sis and to par­tic­i­pate in or­gan­is­ing this foot­ball event, and to ben­e­fit from the mo­men­tum of the me­dia and the great sport­ing mo­bil­ity that will be wit­nessed by the world dur­ing this tour­na­ment, es­pe­cially as this World Cup re­flects the im­age of the Mid­dle East.

The sem­i­nar was at­tended by for­mer Chi­nese am­bas­sador to Qatar Jai Yuzhen along with a num­ber of diplo­mats and aca­demics.

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