From past to future … glimpses of China-Saudi diplomatic relations in 30 years

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The diplomatic relations between China and the Kingdom was established on July 21, 1990, which opened a new page for bilateral relations between the two countries.Although the history of diplomatic relations is not long, the history of relations between the two peoples dates back more than two thousand years ago, and the Silk Road operated the introduction of friendly exchanges between the two sides, during the reign of the Tang and Song dynasties (seventh century – thirteenth century), exchanges were China and the Arab world are active, whether in Chang’an, Lu Yang, Guangzhou and Quanzhou, and there are a large number of Arabs traveling to trade, which contributed to the exchange of friendship between peoples.

In the fifteenth century, the famous Chinese navigator Cheng Hu of the Ming Dynasty visited the cities of Jeddah, Makkah and other places. The four ancient inventions of China were introduced to Western Asia and extended to Europe, and science, culture and art were introduced in the Arab and Islamic world widely to China, which led to the prosperity of the two civilizations.

Confucius said: When the man reaches the age of thirty, he becomes mature and mature, and with the passage of years, the development of relations between China and the Kingdom has progressed at an inclusive and accelerating pace, the political mutual trust continues to deepen, and the cooperation between the two countries continues in all fields, which constitutes a model for exchanges between countries.

Sino-Saudi relations are based on mutual trust between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic relations. China and the Kingdom respect the political system and development path and take care of the pivotal interests and main interests of the other, so that the bilateral relations will go deeper continuously.

In 1999, the Chinese President Jiang Zemin visited the Kingdom, and in 2006 the Chinese President Hu Jintao and His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud exchanged visits in the same year, and in 2008 he visited His Excellency President Xi Jinping (who was then deputy President) The Kingdom and the two countries established friendly strategic relations and bilateral relations entered a new stage. In 2016, the second visit of President Xi Jinping was recorded to the Kingdom, and the comprehensive strategic partnership was established between the two countries and the establishment of the Sino-Saudi joint high-level committee. The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited China to attend the first meeting of the Sino-Saudi joint high-level committee in the same year, which brought the relations between the two countries to a new high.

As for 2017 and 2019, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman visited China respectively, which strengthened and deepened the mutual political trust between the two countries and the friendship between the two leaders more, and established a solid foundation for strengthening cooperation between China and the Kingdom in all fields in a way comprehensive.

Early this month, the ninth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum was held by video, and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan attended the meeting and delivered an important speech, stressing the kingdom’s readiness to work with China to build a community of common destiny for humanity, and suggested hosting a summit of Chinese Arab leaders in the Kingdom.

The Sino-Saudi relations are based on the mutual friendship between the two peoples, and we always bear in mind the generous donations and assistance from our Saudi friends after the devastating earthquake that hit the city of Wenchuan 2008.

In March 2017, the branch of King Abdulaziz Public Library was opened in Beijing, which is the first branch of the library outside the Arab world, and the link and bridge of cultural exchanges between the two countries has become, since the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to China last year, the Chinese language receives a warm welcome by the people Saudi, and I meet more Saudi friends on various occasions, they exchange greetings with me in Chinese.

With the world facing the Corona epidemic this year, His Excellency President Xi Jinping and King Salman twice made a phone call, which led the direction of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and the Kingdom, reflected mutual assistance between the two countries, and expressed the determination of China and the Kingdom to combat the epidemic in cooperation.

History repeatedly indicates that Sino-Saudi relations are friendship, not shaken by difficulties, and the hearts of the two peoples are always tied.

Sino-Saudi relations are based on fruitful cooperation, and practical cooperation between China and the Kingdom began before the establishment of diplomatic relations between them, and Saudi businessmen were attending the Canton Fair in 1978. During the past 30 years, the volume of trade between China and the Kingdom increased from 500 million dollars in 1990 to 78.18 One billion dollars in 2019, an increase of more than 150 times. The Kingdom is the largest trading partner of China in West Asia and Africa, and the largest supplier of China to crude oil. The Kingdom has actively participated in building the “Belt and Road”. The Kingdom also joined the Asian Bank for Infrastructure Investment early .

In 2019, dozens of Chinese companies established in the Kingdom, investing more than $ 2.5 billion in the non-financial sector, which played an active role in implementing the 2030 vision, economic diversification, and job creation for the Saudi people.

In January 2016, the Yanbu Aramco Sinopec YASREF refinery, funded by China Sinopec and Saudi Aramco, started in the presence of His Excellency President Xi Jinping and His Majesty King Salman. The Mecca Metro project, which was built by the Chinese railway construction company as the first metro in the Kingdom China is in the Kingdom, and it has won widespread praise from Muslims around the world for its record of accidents. The economic city of Jizan, which will be built by a number of Chinese companies, will be a new driving force for economic development in the Red Sea coast regions of the Kingdom.

Sino-Saudi relations are based on a shared vision. Both countries are peace-loving, and we adhere to the principle of non-interference in internal affairs to jointly maintain international justice. The two countries have important international influence, and the Kingdom is the intimate partner of China in shaping the open international economy, peaceful regional development, and building the belt and the road, both of which are members of the Group of Twenty. Achieving a stable global economy, and the Chinese side will strongly support the Saudi side to establish a successful G20 summit.

China and the Kingdom are complementary partners in various economic and industrial fields, and Chinese companies are actively participating in the development and construction of the kingdom, and cooperation between the two sides has broad prospects for new infrastructure, high technology, artificial intelligence and other fields, both of which call for peaceful coexistence and equal dialogue between different civilizations, nations and religions, And build a community the common destiny of humanity together.

Arabs say: Friendship is a land planted with love and watered with affection, and among the Chinese sayings: Friendship is heavier than mountains and rivers.

Sino-Saudi relations are characterized by stability and sustainability, thanks to the vision and common interests.

Regardless of the international situation, China always views the Kingdom as a friend, partner, and dear brother, and will certainly embrace China-Saudi relations in a bright future.

Last but not least, I wish China and the Kingdom prosperity and Sino-Saudi friendship would continue forever!

The Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom



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