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Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming Attends Opening Ceremony of the Second China-Arab States Women's Forum

2017/09/21

On September 19, 2017, the second China-Arab States Women's Forum was held in Beijing. Vice Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and President of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Shen Yueyue attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. Vice President and First Member of the ACWF Secretariat Song Xiuyan, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming and other people were present.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming delivered a speech at the opening ceremony and expressed that President Xi Jinping proposed in the League of Arab States (LAS) in early 2016 that China and Arab states should jointly advocate civilization exchanges and mutual learning and carry out activities to enhance friendship. Holding this Forum is an important move to implement President Xi Jinping's initiative, and is of great significance to promote people-to-people bonds between China and Arab States. Over the past 60 years, China-Arab states women's exchanges have always closely committed to the historical task of friendship inheritance, the political mission of maintaining peace and the pursuit of the times for common development, and are in line with the key tone featuring peace and affection, mutual support, and common progress.

Under the new situation, women's exchanges shall add color to China-Arab dialogue on civilization, and offer more spiritual cultivation to people-to-people bonds and exchanges of governance models. It shall make contributions to the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative between China and Arab states as well as their respective economic transformation and improvement of people's livelihood. Exchanges between Chinese and Arab women shall also boost international women's cause and help them to gain equal status in rights, opportunities, resources and other aspects.

The Forum was organized by the ACWF. About 150 people including leaders of women's institutions and organizations from China, Arab states and the LAS as well as representatives from academia and business community attended the Forum and conducted discussions on women's contributions to the building of the Belt and Road Initiative and other topics.

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