by Chen Shilei
BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhua) -- As some scapegoat globalization for
their sluggish economy, others remain open and cooperative to explore
business opportunities and reap win-win fruits.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud starts a state visit to China
Wednesday, which is expected to be a main course of the 81-year-old
king's one-month Asia tour.
Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Saudi Arabia in
January 2016, during which the two countries lift their ties to a
comprehensive strategic partnership.
The China-Saudi Arabia ties can develop in a rapid and sound way
because the Mideast country sees China's rise as an opportunity and
appreciates China's proposals for regional and cross-continental
Saudi Arabia is one of the first countries that have responded
positively to China's Belt and the Road Initiative, which was proposed
by Xi in 2013 with an aim to build a trade and infrastructure network
connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road trade
routes by land and sea.
So far, Chinese businesses have helped build 56 economic and trade
cooperation zones in 20 countries along the routes with a combined
investment surpassing 18.5 billion U.S. dollars, generating nearly 1.1
billion dollars in tax revenue and 180,000 jobs in those countries.