China-Arab cooperation to instill hope to Middle East

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/7/11 21:43:41

The eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum was kicked off on Tuesday in Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech before the two sides signed a number of agreements.

The future of Sino-Arab ties is promising. For a long time, relations between China and Arab countries have been a model of multilateral exchanges based on equality and mutual understanding and support. The China-Arab States Cooperation Forum is proof of this.

The forum was established in 2004 when the Iraq War had yet to end. During the past 14 years, Arab countries have suffered from the uprisings of the Arab Spring. But wars and chaos did not curtail the momentum of China-Arab relations.

Although complicated contradictions and conflicts exist among Arab countries, all these countries attach importance to continuing friendly ties with China. When the West made waves over the South China Sea Arbitration two years ago, the Arab League issued a joint statement, supporting China's stance in the South China Sea, which can be viewed as a turning point in China's diplomatic fight in this dispute.

Present Sino-Arab ties have come to another historic juncture. The China-Arab States Cooperation Forum will further multilateral ties and inject impetus into this relationship.

For China and Arab countries, the most important thing is to bring the wish of deepening cooperation into reality. Both are victims of the US hegemony. By wielding trade sticks, Washington is trying to dismantle the world order, and China is its biggest target. Previously Trump moved the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, an insult to the Arab world. Against this backdrop, it is necessary for China and Arab countries to deepen cooperation.

There is great potential for such cooperation. The Belt and Road initiative proposed by China will be the catalyzer in which to activate this promising partnership. The Arab world has shown a positive attitude toward the initiative, with many new programs getting off the ground. For instance, in the past, Egypt did not produce fiberglass. With the help of Chinese companies, Egypt became the world's third largest producer of fiberglass in 2017 and its products are now exported to Europe.

The Middle East region, which hosts the most Arab countries, has been the very arena where major powers vie for influence. Potential conflicts here, within and without the Arab world, are therefore intensified, and the Middle East has become the biggest source of chaos in the world.

By playing a constructive and peaceful role in the region, China has replenished hope for development of this war-torn land which is the key to ending the decades-long turbulence in the Middle East.

The world is facing unprecedented changes. Developing nations also face unprecedented opportunities and challenges. In the future, China and Arab countries will join hands to build a community with shared future.

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