Published: 17:49, May 30, 2024 | Updated: 10:00, May 31, 2024
Xi holds talks with UAE president
By Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Beijing, capital of China, May 30, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Beijing on Thursday.

Xi noted that the UAE is an important comprehensive strategic partner of China. In recent years, China-UAE relations have maintained a sound momentum of development, setting a good example for China-Arab states relations in the new era.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the UAE, Xi said, adding that it is an important juncture for China-UAE relations to build on past achievements and forge ahead.

He said China stands ready to work with the UAE to continue to grasp the general direction of bilateral relations from a strategic height and a long-term perspective, and ensure the vigorous development of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (back, right) and President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (back, left) witness the signing of bilateral cooperation documents after their talks in Beijing, capital of China, May 30, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

Xi said that China supports the UAE in pursuing an independent development path and safeguarding its national sovereignty, security and development interests, and is willing to consolidate political mutual trust and strengthen cooperation with the UAE to jointly build a community with a shared future for humanity.

He said China stands ready to work with the UAE to continuously promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, strengthen synergy of development strategies, and take the establishment of a high-level committee on China-UAE investment and cooperation as an opportunity to push for more outcomes in bilateral cooperation.

Xi called on the two sides to consolidate cooperation in areas such as trade, energy and infrastructure, expand cooperation in high-tech fields such as information technology, artificial intelligence, digital economy and new energy, and strengthen law enforcement and security cooperation.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping holds talks with President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, May 30, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

Xi noted he had recently replied to letters from Chinese language learners in the UAE, encouraging them to master the language, get to know more about China and contribute to promoting friendship between the two countries.

China is willing to continue to support the "Hundred Schools Project" of Chinese language education, push forward the construction of a Chinese culture center in the UAE, enhance people-to-people exchanges, and promote mutual understanding and friendship, he added.

Noting that at present the trend towards a multi-polar world is unstoppable, Xi said multi-polarization in essence should mean mutual respect and peaceful coexistence among different civilizations, systems and paths.

Countries in the Middle East are an important part of developing countries and an important force in the multi-polarization of the world, he said, adding that China supports countries in the region to continue to follow their development paths suited to their national conditions, firmly follow the path of unity and strength, peace and reconciliation, resolve differences through communication and consultation, and hold their future and destiny in their own hands.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) holds a welcome ceremony for President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the Northern Hall of the Great Hall of the People prior to their talks in Beijing, capital of China, May 30, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

Xi said China is ready to work with the UAE and other Arab countries to host the second China-Arab States Summit and promote the building of a community of shared future between China and Arab states.

China is willing to strengthen its strategic partnership with the UAE, expand multilateral cooperation and safeguard the common interests of countries in the Global South, he added.

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Mohamed said that he was very happy to once again visit China, his second hometown, and attend the opening ceremony of the 10th ministerial conference of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum together with President Xi.

He said the relations between Arab and Gulf countries and China boast a solid foundation. Deepening and developing relations with China conforms to the common aspiration and fundamental interests of the people of Arab and Gulf countries.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) holds a welcome ceremony for President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the Northern Hall of the Great Hall of the People prior to their talks in Beijing, capital of China, May 30, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

Mohamed said that UAE-China relations are based on mutual trust, mutual respect and common interests, and cooperation in various fields has reached an extraordinary level.

The UAE attaches great importance to developing relations with China, places China at the top of its diplomatic priority and regards China as a long-term and reliable strategic partner, he said, adding that the UAE is willing to take the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties as an opportunity to further deepen and expand cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, investment, energy, science and technology, education and culture.

The government of the UAE firmly adheres to the one-China policy, opposes "Taiwan independence" in any form and supports China's efforts to achieve national reunification, he said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a welcome ceremony for President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the Northern Hall of the Great Hall of the People prior to their talks in Beijing, capital of China, May 30, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

Mohamed added that the UAE highly appreciates and actively supports the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative and the Global Civilization Initiative proposed by President Xi, will continue to actively participate in the joint construction of the Belt and Road, and is willing to work closely with China in multilateral communication and coordination to promote peace, development and prosperity of the region and the world at large.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Xi stressed that the top priority is a comprehensive ceasefire and cessation of fighting to ease the humanitarian crisis, and the international community should unanimously support an early negotiated settlement of the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-State solution.

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Xi said China and the UAE have the same stance on the Palestinian issue and should work together to push for a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the issue.

After the talks, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of a number of bilateral cooperation documents in various fields including investment, jointly building the Belt and Road, science and technology, peaceful use of nuclear energy, Chinese education, culture and tourism.