CGTN: China-Arab summit carries forward traditional friendship, fosters closer community with shared future

BEIJING, Dec. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The first China-Arab States Summit was held successfully on Friday in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and more than 10 Arab leaders. The event, which was an opportunity to bring China-Arab relations to new heights, to elaborate on the spirit of China-Arab friendship, to strengthen future cooperation and to further foster a closer China-Arab community with a shared future, has yielded fruitful results.

Elaborating on China-Arab friendship

Xi elaborated on the spirit of China-Arab friendship featuring “solidarity and mutual assistance, equality and mutual benefit, and inclusiveness and mutual learning,” saying that solidarity and mutual assistance are distinct features of the China-Arab friendship, adding that China and Arab countries trust each other and have forged a brotherly friendship.

Enjoying a long history of friendly exchanges, China and Arab states have come to know and befriend each other through the ancient Silk Road, shared weal and woe in their respective struggles for national liberation, conducted win-win cooperation in the tide of economic globalization, and upheld fairness and justice in the changing international environment, Xi said, adding that all these nurtured the spirit of China-Arab friendship.

Equality and mutual benefit are constant drivers for their friendship, he said, noting that China and Arab states have set an example for South-South cooperation in pursuing mutually beneficial collaboration.

Inclusiveness and mutual learning are key values inherent in their friendship, he said, stressing that China and Arab states keep drawing wisdom from each other’s time-honored civilizations, and jointly promote “peace, harmony, integrity, and truth,” the very essence of civilization.

Seeking common development

Over the years, China and the Arab world have jointly pursued productive common development through mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields.

China and Arab states should focus on economic development and promote win-win cooperation, Xi said, stressing that they should strengthen synergy between their development strategies, and promote high-quality cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The two sides have established 17 cooperation mechanisms under the framework of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum. Over the past decade, trade has grown by $100 billion, with the total volume exceeding $300 billion. China’s direct investment in Arab states was up by 2.6 times in the period, with the stock of investment reaching $23 billion, and over 200 BRI projects have been carried out, benefiting nearly 2 billion people of the two sides.

“We are pleased to see the decision by the summit to build a China-Arab community with a shared future in the new era and to formulate the Outline of the Comprehensive Cooperation Plan Between China and Arab States, laying out the blueprint for future China-Arab relations,” Xi said.

Fostering closer China-Arab community with shared future

As strategic partners, China and Arab states should carry forward the spirit of China-Arab friendship, strengthen solidarity and cooperation, and foster a closer China-Arab community with a shared future, so as to deliver greater benefits to their peoples and advance the cause of human progress, Xi said.

China and Arab states should stay independent and defend their common interests, Xi said, adding that China supports Arab states in independently exploring development paths suited to their national conditions and holding their future firmly in their own hands.

China is ready to deepen strategic mutual trust with Arab states, and firmly support each other in safeguarding sovereignty, territorial integrity and national dignity, Xi said, noting that the two sides should jointly uphold the principle of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, practice true multilateralism, and defend the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.

In 2014, Xi first proposed building a China-Arab community of common interests and a community of common destiny at the sixth ministerial conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum. The proposal was warmly welcomed by Arab countries.

CGTN:China to step up cooperation with Arab states under BRI, GDI, GSI

BEIJING, Dec. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will continue to enhance cooperation with Arab states under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Global Development Initiative (GDI) and the Global Security Initiative (GSI).

He made the remarks during his meetings with Arab states’ leaders ahead of the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, both of which kicked off on Friday in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

In his talks with leaders of Arab states, Xi has constantly emphasized the vital importance of sovereignty and territorial integrity, economic development and international cooperation.

National sovereignty

President Xi put forward the GSI while delivering a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2022. Xi advocated six principles, including that countries should respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, uphold non-interference in internal affairs, reject the cold war mentality and oppose unilateralism so that countries can together promote security for all in the world.

In his meetings with over ten political leaders of Arab states, including Palestine, Egypt, Sudan, Kuwait, Tunisia, Iraq, Xi said China sees Arab states as important forces in the multipolar world and attaches great importance to developing strategic partnerships with them.

The current international and regional situations are undergoing profound and complex changes, and China firmly supports all Arab states in safeguarding their national sovereignty, security and stability, and backs the Arab world in following the development paths that suit their national conditions. China also unswervingly opposes external interference in their internal affairs, Xi said.

Xi said that no matter how the international and regional situation changes, China always firmly supports the just cause of the Palestinian people to restore the legitimate rights and interests of their nation. The international community should prioritize the Palestinian issue on the international agenda, keep to the direction of the two-state solution and the principle of “land for peace,” and facilitate the resumption of peace talks based on relevant UN resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, the Chinese president added.

He also said that China supports all parties in Sudan in continuing to push for a steady political transition through dialogue and consultation, opposes interference by external forces in Sudan’s internal affairs, and supports all factions in Iraq to strengthen unity and cooperation.

Economic development

President Xi proposed the GDI in September 2021 in the face of the severe shocks of COVID-19. He believes that the world should put development high on the global macro policy agenda and strengthen policy coordination among major economies to better ensure policy continuity, consistency and sustainability. In 2013, China launched the BRI to enhance global connectivity, communication and cooperation, and foster a more balanced and equitable world system.

In his meetings with Arab states’ leaders, Xi pledged that China would further work with Arab states to deepen and expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields, including energy, infrastructure, medical care, aviation, finance, 5G communication, e-commerce and marine economy.

He pointed out several countries’ national development strategies, including Saudi Vision 2030, Middle East Green Initiative, Kuwait Vision 2035, Djibouti Vision 2035, Qatar National Vision 2030 and Emerging Comoros Plan for 2030, saying that China will further align China’s development policies and the implementation of the outcomes of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum and Forum on China-Africa Cooperation with these states’ development strategies, to bring cooperation between China and Arab states to a new and higher level.

Xi said China would continue to provide developing Arab states with assistance within its capacity, and encourages Chinese enterprises to invest so as to improve local people’s livelihood and boost their economic and social development.

International cooperation

During his meetings with Arab states’ leaders, Xi pledged that China would continue to cooperate with its Arab counterparts in fields including anti-terrorism and poverty eradication.

Over the years, China has assisted Mauritania in advancing road, bridge, hospital and other major projects that benefit people’s wellbeing, Xi emphasized, adding that China will continue to encourage Chinese enterprises to take an active part in Mauritania’s energy, infrastructure and other sectors to bring benefit to the Mauritanian people.

Acknowledging the Somali government’s task of fighting terrorists, Xi said China supports the Somali government in enhancing its ability to maintain stability and fight against terrorism.

Noting China has carried out a number of health, sports and human resources training projects in recent years in Tunisia, Xi said China is ready to steadily advance cooperation with Tunisia in such areas as healthcare, infrastructure and high and new technologies, expand exchanges between human resources as well as local and non-governmental exchanges, and welcome more marketable products and specialties from Tunisia to China.

China and Arab states have strengthened cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Bahrain was one of the first countries in the world to approve a Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.

China would also like to enhance medical and health cooperation, and promote the Chinese language education in Bahrain, Xi said.

‫شبكة تلفزيون الصين الدولية (CGTN): استطلاع رأي: 85% من المستجيبين يشيدون بمفهوم الصين للمستقبل المشترك

بكين، 10 ديسمبر 2022 / PRNewswire / — أشاد ما يصل إلى 85 في المائة من المستجيبين في دراسة استقصائية عالمية بمفهوم “مجتمع له مستقبل مشترك للبشرية” في حين أعرب 94.2 في المائة منهم عن تقديرهم للقيم التي اقترحتها الصين وهي “السلام والتنمية والإنصاف والعدالة والديمقراطية والحرية” لكل البشرية.

تم إجراء الدراسة الاستقصائية من قبل CGTN Think Tank و Tsinghua-Epstein Center for Global Media and Communication . تم استطلاع الرأي على إجمالي 4000 شخص من 20 دولة قبل رحلة الرئيس الصيني شي جين بينغ إلى المملكة العربية السعودية لزيارة الدولة وحضور القمة الصينية العربية الأولى وقمة مجلس التعاون الصيني الخليجي.

في العقد الماضي، وقعت الصين اتفاقيات تعاون مبادرة الحزام والطريق ( BRI ) مع 20 دولة عربية، ودعمت 17 دولة عربية مبادرة التنمية العالمية التي اقترحتها الصين ( GDI ).

طرح الرئيس شي مؤشر التنمية العالمية في المناقشة العامة للدورة 76 للجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة في 21 سبتمبر 2021، داعيًا المجتمع الدولي إلى وضع التنمية في مرتبة عالية على جدول أعمال السياسة الكلية العالمية والعمل معًا لتوجيه التنمية العالمية نحو تحقيق مرحلة أكثر توازنًا وتنسيقًا وشمولية.

ووافق 78.4 في المائة من الذين خضعوا للاستقصاء على مؤشر التنمية البشرية المرتبط بنوع الجنس، معتقدين أن “التنمية طريقة هامة لحل المشاكل العالمية”، في حين أقر 79.4 في المائة منهم بثمار التعاون التي حققتها “مجموعة أصدقاء GDI ” التي شاركت فيها الصين.

يشهد العالم اليوم تغيرات عميقة لم يسبق لها مثيل في قرن من الزمان. وتواجه كل من الصين والبلدان العربية المهمة التاريخية المتمثلة في تحقيق التجديد الوطني وتسريع التنمية الوطنية.

ولتحقيق هذه المهمة، اتفق 85.2 في المائة من المجيبين على أنه ينبغي للبلدان أن تتخذ إجراءات فعالة للتصدي بشكل مشترك للمخاطر والتحديات في التنمية العالمية، في حين يتوقع 84.7 في المائة من المجيبين أن تعزز البلدان تنمية عالمية أكثر شمولًا وتنوعا وأن تحافظ بشكل مشترك على الاستقرار الاقتصادي العالمي.

في مواجهة الظروف الوطنية المختلفة، قال 84.1 في المائة من المجيبين إن الشرط الأساسي للتعاون هو احترام مسارات التنمية والاختلافات في الأنظمة في مختلف البلدان، ويتوقع 89.6 في المائة من البلدان حل النزاعات الدولية من خلال الحوار والتشاور.

وعلاوة على ذلك، وافق 85.6 في المائة من المجيبين على مبادرة الأمن العالمي التي اقترحتها الصين، معتقدين أن الأمن شرط أساسي للتنمية.

اقترح شي GSI في حفل افتتاح منتدى بواو لمؤتمر آسيا السنوي 2022 في أبريل لتعزيز الأمن للجميع في جميع أنحاء العالم.

وأشار 80.8 في المائة من المجيبين إلى أن الهيمنة وسياسة القوة تهددان الأمن العالمي، وعارضوا الهيمنة وسياسة القوة وفرض عقوبات تعسفية على بلدان أخرى، في حين أشار 80.4 في المائة من المجيبين من البلدان النامية إلى أن عقلية الحرب الباردة وسياسة القوة تهدد السلام العالمي وتفاقم التحديات الأمنية، وينبغي للبلدان أن تعمل معا لبناء هيكل أمني متوازن وفعال ومستدام.


HRH Crown Prince Receives President of the Union of Comoros

Riyadh-- His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received here late yesterday evening His Excellency President Othman Ghazali of the Union of Comoros.

During the audience, aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them were reviewed.

The meeting was attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Energy; Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Cabinet's Member; Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard; Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense, and Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

It was also attended by the Minister of State, Cabinet's Member and Advisor at National Security Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, and the Saudi Ambassador to the Union of Comoros, Attallah Al-Zayed, in addition to a number of official from the Union of Comoros.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Pakistani Foreign Minister Meets with SG of OIC

Islamabad-- Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met here today with Secretary General of the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Hissein Ibrahim Taha.

During the meeting, they tackled a number of issues of common interest, including the current situation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, and the phenomenon of Islamophobia.

The two sides also exchanged views on vital issues of economic, social and technical cooperation among OIC member states.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Assistant Supervisor of KSrelief Meets with Under-Secretary-General of UN Counter-Terrorism Office

Riyadh-- Assistant General Supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) for Operations and Programs Eng. Ahmed bin Ali Al-Baiz met here today with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest related to relief and humanitarian affairs.

Voronkov praised the effective humanitarian role of the KSrelief in alleviating the suffering of refugees and needy groups around the world.

Source: Saudi Press Agency