|China-Arab States Cooperation Forum|
On June 5, the 6th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum was successfully held in Beijing. This meeting takes consolidating China-Arab States friendship as the keynote, building the Silk Road Economic with joint efforts as the main thread, achieving and common development and prosperity as the goal. A series of important consensus were reached on the new focuses, priorities, concrete measures of China-Arab States cooperation.
This is the first time that Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of ministerial meetings and gave a keynote speech. The Prime Minister of Kuwait and foreign ministers and ministers from nearly 20 Arab States were present at the meeting, and this unprecedented high-level participation gives proof to the friendship between China and Arab States.
During the meeting, three important documents were signed, namely Beijing Declaration, the Action Plan for 2014-2016, the Development Plan for 2014-2024. The ten-year Development Plan outline 15 areas as major areas for cooperation, including economy and trade, energy, culture, industry, agriculture, technology, etc. In the next two years, according to the Action Plan, both sides will host a range of institutional activities.
A highlight of this meeting is to plan the future development of China-Arab States relationship around building "One Belt and One Road" with joint efforts, namely the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Silk Road on the Sea of the 21st Century. President Xi proposed a "1+2+3" cooperation framework. That is we will take energy cooperation as the main body, infrastructure building and trade and investment facilitation as two wings, and three new and hi-tech areas, namely nuclear energy, space satellite and new energy as new breakthroughs. These initiatives represent historical opportunities for the development of China-Arab States relationship and the building of the cooperation forum. China stands ready to work with Arab States, cooperate with each other, and forge a community of shared interest and destiny that is mutually beneficial and can lead to common development. Together, we are ready to usher in another decade for China-Arab States relationship and China-Arab States Cooperation Forum that will be much better.