Thursday, March 16, 2017

Saudi-Chinese ties get a fillip with King’s historic visit

SAUDI GAZETTE - March 16, 2017

Beijing — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman arrived in China on Wednesday on an official visit.  The King was received at Beijing International Airport by State Councilor Yang Jiechi. A girl presented a bouquet of roses to the King.  King Salman will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior leaders.  During the King’s stay, the two sides will discuss enhancing cooperation in areas such as culture, economy, trade, technology, security and defense.  They are expected to sign several agreements and memoranda on education, investment, transfer of technology, industry and trade.  Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Saudi Arabia in January 2016, during which the two countries enhanced their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.  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.