Tuesday, July 10, 2018

China-Arab forum to broaden B&R

By Shan Jie

Global Times - 2018/7/9 

Beijing declaration to picture cooperation in trade, regional stability  The eighth ministerial meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) will open in Beijing on Tuesday, during which the two sides are expected to broaden cooperation in the Belt and Road initiative, Chinese experts said.  President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony on Tuesday at Beijing's Great Hall of the People and deliver a speech, which is expected to bring ties between China and Arab states to new heights, Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong told a press briefing on Friday, the Xinhua News Agency reported.  The meeting will gather Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, foreign ministers or other ministerial officials from 21 Arab countries, as well as the secretary general of the Arab League, according to Xinhua.  The main question for the Arab world is that, in terms of development, how to take full and express advantage of the Belt and Road initiative, Wang Jinglie, a research fellow at the Middle East and Africa Research Network told the Global Times on Monday.