Tuesday, July 10, 2018

What to expect from the 8th ministerial meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum?

Xinhua - 2018-07-09

The eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF) will be held on July 10 in Beijing.  The CASCF, founded 14 years ago, has facilitated China's cooperation and communication with the Arab states as a whole.  The ministerial meeting is the permanent mechanism of the forum and convenes every two years, with the option for extraordinary sessions if necessary. 
Highlight of opening ceremony  
The opening ceremony of the eighth ministerial meeting is scheduled for July 10 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the ceremony and deliver a speech, making it his third time to articulate China's policy to the Arab world.    
Xi will elaborate on the Chinese side's view on strengthening the top-level design of Sino-Arab relations, mapping out collective cooperation, and instructing the construction of the CASCF, according to Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong.