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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Holds a Briefing for Chinese and Foreign Media on President Xi Jinping's Attendance at the Opening Ceremony of the 8th CASCF Ministerial Meeting
2018-07-06

On July 6, 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a briefing for Chinese and foreign media. Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong introduced relevant situation of President Xi Jinping's attendance at the opening ceremony of the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) and answered questions from the journalists.

Chen Xiaodong expressed that President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the 8th CASCF Ministerial Meeting at the Great Hall of the People together with Emir Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jabar Al-Sabah of Kuwait who is paying a state visit to China, foreign ministers or ministers from 21 Arab states who will attend the Ministerial Meeting and Secretary-General of the Arab League, as well as deliver an important speech on July 10. It will be the third time that President Xi Jinping will make major policy initiatives to the Arab world, showcasing that China attaches great importance to and supports the development of China-Arab relations and the building of the CASCF.

Chen Xiaodong pointed out that since the establishment of the CASCF 14 years ago, its scale and influence has been constantly expanded, strongly facilitating China-Arab collective dialogue and cooperation. The CASCF this time is held at exactly the right time, which is highly valued and expected by China and Arab states. President Xi Jinping's attendance at the opening ceremony and delivery of an important speech present the most significant part of this Ministerial Meeting with far-reaching and important influence. Firstly, China-Arab relations will be led to new highs. President Xi Jinping will expound China's views on such topics as further enhancing the top-level design of China-Arab relations, planning collective cooperation and guiding the development of the CASCF. It is believed that such gestures will chart the course for and provide the fundamental rule for the development of China-Arab relations in the new period. Secondly, the new prospects will be opened up for the joint construction of the Belt and Road. President Xi Jinping will put forward important initiatives on further strengthening the joint construction of the Belt and Road cooperation between China and Arab states, among which many measures are very forward-looking, innovative and pioneering. Besides, the Ministerial Meeting plans to adopt the outcome documents including Beijing Declaration and the Action Plan for 2018-2020, covering over 10 fields of cooperation. Such gestures will formulate a clear and feasible roadmap for the joint construction of the Belt and Road between China and Arab states in the future. Thirdly, the new efforts will be made to promote the peace and development of the Middle East. In the opening speech, President Xi Jinping will expound China's solutions and explain China's efforts by incorporating the prominent problems faced by the Middle East at present and the needs of all parties. China is willing to make joint efforts with the Arab side to promote the peace and development of the Middle East and build a China-Arab community with a shared future, so as to make greater contributions to facilitating the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Chen Xiaodong stressed that at present, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, while Arab states are also in the key stage of reform and self-development. The development of China-Arab relations is a cause that is beneficial to the two sides, the region and the world at large. Let us look forward to President Xi Jinping's important speech. It is believed that the speech will certainly inject new impetus into the development of China-Arab relations, provide new visions for China-Arab cooperation, and bring new hope to regional peace.

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