Tuesday, December 23, 2014

China, Qatar announce strategic partnership

Xinhua - 2014-11-04

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, on Monday. They decided to build a strategic partnership between the two countries and promote bilateral practical cooperation to a higher level.
"Qatar is an important country that plays a unique role in the Middle East and Gulf region, and a major partner of China in the region," Xi said during the talks.
Xi said it was a milestone for the two sides to upgrade their bilateral ties to a strategic relationship during Tamim's visit.
"We need to plan our comprehensive cooperation from a strategic perspective," said the Chinese president.
According to a joint statement on establishing the partnership, the two sides pledged to increase communication between the leaders of the two countries, support each other on issues involving national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, boost cooperation in trade, investment, energy, finance, fighting terrorism, the military industry and other sectors as well as step up people-to-people exchanges.
They also agreed to make joint efforts to build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.