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There are promising prospects for deepening cooperation between China and Kuwait

Seetao 2021.02.22
  • Looking into the future, China and Arab countries have a broader space for friendly cooperation

Ambassador to Kuwait Li Minggang accept hubei TV "dialogue diplomat: new words diplomacy", said in an interview in 2020 an extraordinary, COVID - 19 outbreak to the economy of the division between the two countries have brought serious impact, but the division between the two countries work together to meet the outbreak, and strengthen cooperation in the field of economy, various aspects have made significant achievements. The following is an excerpt of Ambassador Li's interview:

We will take the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties as an opportunity to promote high-quality development of China-Kuwait relations

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Kuwait, which is a very important time node for bilateral relations and cooperation. Both sides are taking advantage of this opportunity to push for further development of bilateral relations. As for China, we will implement the 14th Five-Year Plan and the vision to 2035. For Kuwait, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the government and the 30th anniversary of its liberation, which is also a very important moment. It is also the first year of the new Emir and Crown Prince, so the Kuwaiti side will also use this opportunity to further develop their vision for 2035. It is fair to say that Kuwait's National Vision 2035 is highly compatible with China's development goals, which also provides a broader platform for cooperation between the two sides.

Kuwait is the first Gulf country to establish diplomatic relations with China. Over the past 50 years, the two sides have treated each other as equals and supported each other, and bilateral economic and trade and cultural exchanges have also deepened. Kuwait is also the first country in the region to sign the "One Belt And One Road" cooperation document with China. We should take the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Kuwait to further strengthen political mutual trust, deepen bilateral cooperation, promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges and lift bilateral relations to a new level.

China and Arab states jointly uphold multilateralism and international equity and justice

The friendly exchanges between the Chinese and Arab peoples date back to more than 2,000 years ago. The Muslim Prophet Muhammad once said, "Seek knowledge even if it is in China." This shows that in history, the Chinese and Arab civilizations have exchanged and enhanced each other's brilliance. The ancient Silk Road connected our cultural and trade exchanges.

In the new historical period, the interests of the Chinese and Arab peoples have become more closely linked and the goals of the two sides have become closer.

In the political field, both China and Arab states stand for upholding multilateralism, international fairness and justice, and the common interests of mankind.

In the economic field, we are all looking for new areas of cooperation for economic development. In recent years, Arab states have adopted the policy of "Look East" in unswervingly and will vigorously develop economic and trade cooperation with China. For China, Arab countries are also an important direction for our One Belt And One Road cooperation. Arab countries have very close trade exchanges with China, and China is the largest trading partner of Arab countries. More than half of China's crude oil imports come from this region, not to mention that many Chinese companies are taking advantage of our advantages to help Arab countries diversify their economies.

In the area of culture and culture, the Chinese and Arab peoples have enjoyed close friendship in the past. Today, the young generation of Arab people are full of longing for China. Many Arab friends ask us how to learn Chinese and want to travel to China, study in China and enjoy Chinese food. In Kuwait, we are pushing forward the construction of the first Chinese cultural center in the Gulf region, and our Kuwaiti friends are full of expectations for it. This year, we will take the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Kuwait to complete the construction of this cultural center and open it on schedule to provide an important cooperation platform for cultural and people-to-people exchanges between China and Kuwait as well as between China and Arab countries.

Looking ahead, there will be even broader space for friendship and cooperation between China and Arab states. The two sides will hold a summit between the heads of state of China and Arab states to chart the course for the future of bilateral cooperation and friendship. China and Arab countries will work together to build a community with a shared future in the new era. The concept of a community with a shared future is deeply rooted in the hearts of the Arab people. Therefore, we firmly believe that the future of China-Arab relations is bright and full of vitality. (Reprinted please indicate Jiandao website www.seetao.com) Jiandao website video column editor/Gan Linping

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