Xinhua News Agency, Riyadh, December 9th

Carry forward the spirit of China-Arab friendship and join hands to build a China-Arab community with a shared future for the new era

——Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the First China-Arab States Summit

(December 9, 2022, Riyadh)

President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping

  Dear colleagues,

  friends:

  Hello everyone!

  Thank you Shafang for your warm reception and thoughtful arrangements.

It gives me great pleasure to gather with all my colleagues to hold the first China-Arab States Summit.

This summit is a milestone in the history of China-Arab relations, and will surely lead China-Arab friendship and cooperation to a better future!

  The friendly exchanges between China and Arab countries have a long history. We know each other on the ancient Silk Road, share weal and woe in the struggle for national liberation, cooperate and win-win in the wave of economic globalization, and stick to morality in the changing international situation. Learn from the Sino-Arab spirit of friendship.

  Helping each other is a distinctive feature of China-Arab friendship.

China and Afghanistan trust each other and have forged a brotherly relationship.

We firmly support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests.

In the cause of realizing the dream of national rejuvenation, we work together in solidarity.

In the fight against the new crown pneumonia epidemic, we have always been in the same boat through thick and thin.

The China-Arab strategic partnership of comprehensive cooperation, common development and future-oriented is unbreakable.

  Equality and mutual benefit are the inexhaustible driving force for China-Arab friendship.

China and Arab states are mutually beneficial and win-win, setting an example of South-South cooperation.

The two sides have established 17 cooperation mechanisms within the framework of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum.

In the past 10 years, the trade volume between China and Arab countries has increased by 100 billion US dollars, with a total of more than 300 billion US dollars; China's direct investment in Arab countries has increased by 2.6 times, and the stock has reached 23 billion US dollars; the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" has implemented more than 200 projects, benefiting nearly 20 countries. billion people.

  Tolerance and mutual learning is the value orientation of China-Arab friendship.

The Chinese and Arab civilizations appreciate each other and write a good historical story of mutual learning.

We draw wisdom from each other's ancient civilizations, and jointly carry forward the true meaning of civilization of "valuing peace, advocating harmony, emphasizing faith, and seeking truth and knowledge".

We stand firm amidst the clamor of "clash of civilizations", jointly advocate dialogue among civilizations, oppose discrimination among civilizations, and protect the diversity of world civilizations.

  Dear colleagues and friends!

  At present, the world is entering a new period of turmoil and change, and new and profound changes are taking place in the Middle East.

The Arab people's desire for peace and development is more urgent, and their call for fairness and justice is stronger.

As strategic partners, China and Arab states should inherit and carry forward the spirit of friendship between China and Arab states, strengthen solidarity and cooperation, and build a closer China-Arab community with a shared future, so as to better benefit the two peoples and promote the cause of human progress.

  ——We must uphold independence and safeguard common interests.

China supports Arab countries in independently exploring a development path that suits their own national conditions, and firmly holds their future and destiny in their own hands. China is willing to deepen strategic mutual trust with the Arab side and firmly support each other in safeguarding national sovereignty, territorial integrity and national dignity.

The two sides should jointly adhere to the principle of non-interference in internal affairs, practice true multilateralism, and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.

  ——We must focus on economic development and promote win-win cooperation.

It is necessary to strengthen the docking of development strategies and jointly build the "Belt and Road" with high quality.

It is necessary to consolidate traditional cooperation in economy, trade, energy, and infrastructure construction, strengthen new growth poles such as green and low-carbon, health care, and investment and finance, and explore new fields such as aerospace, digital economy, and peaceful use of nuclear energy, and properly respond to food security and energy security. and other major challenges.

China is willing to work with Afghanistan to implement global development initiatives and drive South-South cooperation to achieve sustainable development.

  - We must maintain regional peace and achieve common security.

China supports the Arab side in using Arab wisdom to promote political settlement of hotspot and difficult issues, and to build a common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable Middle East security architecture.

China urges the international community to respect the status of the people in the Middle East as masters and add positive energy to the security and stability of the Middle East.

China welcomes Afghanistan's participation in global security initiatives and is willing to continue to contribute Chinese wisdom to promoting peace and tranquility in the Middle East.

  ——We need to strengthen exchanges among civilizations and enhance understanding and trust.

It is necessary to expand personnel exchanges, deepen people-to-people and cultural cooperation, and carry out exchanges of experience in state governance and administration.

We must jointly oppose "Islamophobia", carry out de-radicalization cooperation, and oppose linking terrorism with specific ethnic groups and specific religions.

It is necessary to carry forward the common values ​​of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy, and freedom for all mankind, and set an example of exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations in the new era.

  We are pleased to see that the summit decided to make every effort to build a China-Arab community with a shared future for the new era, and formulated the "Outline of China-Arab Comprehensive Cooperation Plan" to jointly draw a blueprint for the future development of China-Arab relations.

As the first step in building a China-Arab community with a shared future and implementing the "China-Arab Comprehensive Cooperation Plan", in the next 3 to 5 years, China is willing to work with the Arab side to promote the "eight major joint actions", covering support for development, food security, and health , green innovation, energy security, dialogue among civilizations, youth development, security and stability, etc.

The Chinese side has notified the Afghan side of the specific content of the "eight major joint actions", and will work with the Afghan side to implement them as soon as possible and strive for early harvest.

  Dear colleagues and friends!

  The Palestinian issue bears on peace and stability in the Middle East.

The historical injustice suffered by the Palestinian people cannot continue indefinitely, legitimate national rights cannot be traded, and the demand for an independent state cannot be vetoed.

The international community should firmly believe in the "two-state solution", stick to the principle of "land for peace", resolutely commit to promoting peace talks, expand humanitarian and development assistance to Palestine, and promote an early and just settlement of the Palestinian issue.

Recently, the Arab countries have made important progress in promoting internal reconciliation in Palestine, which China welcomes.

I would like to reiterate that China firmly supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty based on the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital, and supports Palestine's becoming a full member of the United Nations. China will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestine and support Palestine The side implements livelihood construction projects and increases donations to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

  Dear colleagues and friends!

  Recently, the Communist Party of China successfully convened the 20th National Congress, which clarified the mission and path to comprehensively promote the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation through Chinese-style modernization, and drew a grand blueprint for China's future development.

China will persist in maintaining world peace, promoting common development, and promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

Firmly pursue an independent foreign policy of peace and safeguard international fairness and justice.

Persist in developing friendly cooperation with other countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, and deepen and expand global partnerships.

Firmly pursue the mutually beneficial and win-win opening strategy, promote high-level opening up, promote the high-quality development of the joint construction of the "Belt and Road", and provide new opportunities for countries including Arab countries with China's new development.

  Dear colleagues and friends!

  A great cause begins with a dream and is accomplished through hard work.

Let us carry forward the spirit of China-Arab friendship, work together to build a China-Arab community with a shared future for the new era, and create a brighter future for China-Arab relations!

  Thank you everyone!