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Xi's Middle East visit promotes large-scale diplomacy

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-19-2016 15:46 BJT

By Wang Jinyan, PhD of West Asia and Africa Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran on Jan. 19-23. It is the first foreign visit for Xi in 2016, demonstrating Beijing's high expectations to enhance relations with Middle East countries. 


2016 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Arab States. On the basis of traditional friendship, Xi's visit is expected to boost mutual political trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation and forge a positive role for China in Middle East affairs.

The world is big, while challenges are complicated. The world is looking for answers from China. The Middle East is looking forward to hearing China's suggestions and plans.

Xi's visit will deepen economic cooperation. After establishing diplomatic ties, China has cooperated with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran closely in the fields of energy and infrastructure.

In 2013, China put forward the "Belt and Road" initiative to guide Beijing's cooperation with other countries with specific implementation steps.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran are important pivot countries for Beijing in the Middle East. During his visit, Xi will discuss future economic cooperation that benefits "Belt and Road" projects.

China and Middle East countries possess huge cooperation potential. China has surplus productivity while Middle East countries have soaring demand. The Arab States and Iran have already responded well to the "Belt and Road" initiative.

Xi's visit will promote synchronization of Middle East countries' "look east" strategy with the "Belt and Road" Initiative, creating development opportunities for both sides.

Xi's visit will contribute Chinese wisdom to regional peace. Since the Jasmine  Revolution had erupted in Tunisia in 2010, many Middle East countries have endured political unrest and regime changes.

The political transition and economic reconstruction in many countries didn't go smoothly while regional terrorism had expanded.

Some countries have been stuck in the political turmoil of civil wars; although some countries have completed a political transition, they must confront development dilemmas and unstable regimes. Some countries have struggled to maintain regime stability with challenges.
China has expounded its stands in various forms on different occasions. On Jan.13, Beijing had issued its policy on Arab States, reflecting China's unprecedented high attention to relations with them, supporting cooperation prospects.

Beijing has adhered to the fair, just and objective standpoint in Middle East affairs, winning international trust and recognition. As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China is a participant in Middle East peace talks and willing to play a stronger role.

Xi's visit will enlarge Beijing's foreign policy. It is Xi's first state visit to Middle East countries since assuming office, which holds a significant impact on its world affairs as a major country.

Historically, due to a long distance and complexity of Middle East concerns, Beijing had mainly responded to their demands passively. After proposing the "Belt and Road" initiative, China has sought common development with Middle East countries.
Currently, China is one of few countries, which have kept good relationships with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel, and has played unique roles in hot-button issues. Xi's visit will increase the value of the Middle East in regards to China's diplomacy and open a new era for strategic cooperation.


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