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Wang Yi Talks about Outcomes of the 7th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum
2016/05/12

On May 12, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Al-Thani of Qatar as well as Secretary-General of the League of Arab States (LAS) Nabil El Araby together attended a joint press conference after attending the 7th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), introducing outcomes of the meeting.

Wang Yi expressed that the 7th CASCF ministerial meeting came to a successful conclusion. This meeting coincided with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Arab states. We reiterated the common aspiration to consolidate traditional friendship, mapped out joint actions to promote political mutual trust, economic mutual benefit and cultural mutual learning, expressed the common expectation to deepen strategic cooperation, and signed two important documents, namely the Doha Declaration and the CASCF Action Plan for 2016-2018. This meeting has yielded important results mainly in the following aspects:

Both sides agreed to guide China-Arab relations through co-construction of the Belt and Road. The Silk Road is a common historical heritage with cultural value of the Chinese and Arab nations. Co-construction of the "Belt and Road" is a historic opportunity for both sides to push forward common development and realize national rejuvenation. China and Arab States should be the most reliable and long-lasting cooperative partners in the process of jointly building the "Belt and Road".

Both sides determined to make advancement of connectivity, production capacity cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges the three major pillars in the co-construction of the "Belt and Road". The two sides also clarified that as the "Belt and Road" converge in the Arabian region, China and Arab states enjoy huge potential in transportation infrastructure construction including railways and ports. Production capacity cooperation aims at helping Arab countries speed up the process of industrialization and improving their self-development capabilities. China will put the special loans for industrialization of the Middle East for good use and advance projects in Arab countries covering oil and gas industry, automobile manufacturing, construction materials, new energy, high-end manufacturing and other areas. From 2016 to 2017, China is willing to receive 600 Arabian party officials to visit China, offer a quota of 6,000 for training and scholarship respectively, and invite 60 well-known Arabian religious personages to make research tour in China.

Both sides agreed to enhance the CASCF mechanism construction and comprehensively promote cooperation in 36 fields under 18 categories as stipulated in the Action Plan, with focus on 6 institutional events, including civilization dialogue, entrepreneur conference, energy cooperation forum, press cooperation forum, friendship convention and art festivals held in each side; convene 3 cooperation forums on radio and television, public health cooperation and Beidou satellite navigation system; launch 3 major exchange projects, namely China-Arab research center on reform and development, the joint training program for Chinese-Arabic translators and the joint subject research between Chinese and Arabian think tanks. Both sides will give full play to the leading role of 3 key high-tech projects including the technology transfer center, the nuclear energy training center and the installation of Beidou satellite navigation system.

Both sides recognized that they should firmly support each other in safeguarding respective core interests and national rights and interests and firmly back regional tension alleviation through political dialogues. Arab countries reiterated that they support China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and oppose any anti-China separatist activity conducted by religious extremists and national separatist forces. Arab countries support China to peacefully resolve territorial and maritime disputes on the basis of bilateral agreements and relevant regional consensus with concerned countries through friendly consultation and negotiation. They emphasized that the rights of sovereign states and State Parties of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to choose their own ways to resolve disputes should be respected. China firmly supports the Arabian nation to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests, and roots for Palestine's efforts in resuming its national rights and independent national construction. Both sides held that the momentum of political dialogue on hot-spot issues including the Syrian issue does not come easily. Moving forward means the light of peace, and stepping back will entrap involved parties in the abyss of war. Both sides are in favor of leaving more time and striving for maximum space for political dialogue.

Wang Yi expressed that 15 years ago, China knocked open the door of the World Trade Organization in Doha, embracing a historic opportunity for self-development. At present, as the world's second largest economy, China is discussing with Arab countries the great blueprint to jointly build the "Belt and Road" in Doha. We look forward to making concerted efforts with Arab countries to achieve progress as well as common development.

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