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Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong Attends the Opening Ceremony of the Second China-Arab States Forum on Reform and Development

2019/04/17

On April 16, 2019, Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong attended in Shanghai the opening ceremony of the second China-Arab States Forum on Reform and Development and delivered a speech.

Chen Xiaodong expressed that with strong guidance and direct care of President Xi Jinping and leaders of the Arab states, both China and the Arab states focus on the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and bring strategic mutual trust and policy coordination to new highs, with new progress in the industrial park-port interconnection, two-wheel and two-wing approach, new achievements in reciprocity in people's livelihood and people-to-people bonds and new models in mutual understanding and mutual learning featuring inclusiveness. These have pushed China-Arab states strategic partnership for in-depth and solid development, facilitated the practical cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges for fruitful results and provided important impetus for respective reform and development.

Chen Xiaodong expressed that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, and also a critical year for China to secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and achieve the first centenary goal. Arab states are also in the key stage of reform and self-development. Both sides should continuously forge synergies between strategies and actions, open wider to each other, foster innovation-driven growth drivers, deepen communication and cooperation in governance, further enrich our strategic partnership, and join hands to achieve development and revitalization through reforms. The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held in Beijing by the end of this month. Many Arab states leaders will attend this forum and discuss the high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative. It is believed that it will inject fresh and strong impetus into cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative between China and Arab states.

Representatives of the Arab states warmly congratulated on the opening of the second China-Arab States Forum on Reform and Development, and spoke highly of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping. They said that China is one of the most important cooperation partners of the Arab states, and that the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative with China is a great opportunity for the Arab states to advance reform and speed up development. Under the current complicated international situation, Arab states are willing to strengthen Arab states-China strategic partnership, learn China's experience in reform and opening up, and deepen bilateral practical cooperation, so as to achieve mutual benefit, win-win results, and interconnected development and to benefit the two peoples. In-depth discussions were also made at the forum on "policy communication: promoting strategic integration of China and Arab states", "deepen cooperation: boost China-Arab states relations through the Belt and Road Initiative" and "think tank exchanges: intelligent support for the joint construction of the Belt and Road".

Entrusted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the forum was held by the China-Arab Research Center on Reform and Development. Those attending the forum include former President Michel Suleiman of Lebanon, former Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita of Djibouti, former Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi of Egypt and Assistant Secretary General Khalil Ibrahim Al Thawadi of the League of Arab States. Over 100 people were present including government officials from Arab states, scholars, representatives from media, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, China International Development Cooperation Agency, Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Shanghai Municipal Government, some former Chinese envoys to Middle East countries and experts and scholars from relevant universities and institutions.

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