Arab-China Summit-Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes China’s President Xi Jinping at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, where an official ceremony was held.
Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday 7th december 2022, as part of a three-day visit to the Kingdom.
He was invited by King Salman to attend a Saudi-Chinese summit in the Kingdom, which will run until Dec. 9
He will also attend two more conferences, the Riyadh Gulf-China Summit for Cooperation and Development and the Riyadh Arab-China Summit for Cooperation and Development during his visit.
Arab leaders arrived in Riyadh on Friday 9th december 2022 to participate in the Riyadh Arab-China Summit for Cooperation and Development, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported
Aboul Gheit said, in an SPA report, the Riyadh Arab-China Summit adds “momentum to the relations and reflects the political will of the Arab and Chinese sides, expressing hope for such summits to be held periodically to preserve momentum of these ties.”
The establishment of the China–Arab States Cooperation Forum contributed to making a real breakthrough in the Arab-Chinese cooperation, where the two sides now have more than 20 cooperation mechanisms in various political, economic, cultural, media and development fields, he added.
The secretary general noted that economic relations between the two sides were steadily increasing, adding that the volume of trade exchange between China and Arab countries has risen to about $330 billion in 2021 from about $36 billion at the time of the forum’s establishment.
He also reviewed cooperation aspects between the Arab side and China during the COVID-19 pandemic and their efforts in facing this pandemic, saying: “All of us know that crises test the true friendship among peoples and countries.”
“During the pandemic, I think China and the Arab states have succeeded, especially that we have witnessed a clear exchange of support between the two sides in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.”