Arab ex­perts, schol­ars laud Xi’s speech on Sino-Arab ties

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Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping de­liv­ered a speech at the open­ing of the eighth min­is­te­rial meet­ing of the Chi­naArab States Co­op­er­a­tion Fo­rum on Tues­day in Bei­jing, an­nounc­ing that China and Arab coun­tries had agreed to es­tab­lish a strate­gic part­ner­ship.

Arab ex­perts and schol­ars spoke highly of Xi’s speech, say­ing it was very en­cour­ag­ing.

Xi’s an­nounce­ment at the fo­rum that China and the Arab coun­tries had agreed to es­tab­lish a “Sino-Arab fu­ture-ori­ented strate­gic part­ner­ship of com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion and com­mon devel­op­ment” en­cour­aged the Arab world, said Mo­hamed Fara­hat, head of the Asia pro­gram at Cairo-based Al-Ahram Cen­ter for Po­lit­i­cal and Strate­gic Stud­ies.

It showed that China-Arab co­op­er­a­tion stands at a new start­ing point in his­tory, said Fara­hat.

Xi’s speech elab­o­rated on China’s poli­cies on Arab coun­tries, drew a roadmap for bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, which has sig­naled that China-Arab re­la­tions have stepped on a new devel­op­ment stage, said Ab­dul Aziz, a jour­nal­ism lec­turer at the Univer­sity of Iraq.

In his speech, Xi spoke of con­crete co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Arab coun­tries in var­i­ous fields, such as pol­i­tics, econ­omy, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, and cul­ture, and that was very up­lift­ing, said Khalid Al-Mon­taser, a Libyan pro­fes­sor on in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions. Xin­hua

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