Strengthening UAE-Chinese Cooperation
- 13 December 2015
The UAE follows certain basic and well-established principles in its international relations. The country’s ties with the outside world are based on promotion of peace, cooperation, tolerance, dialogue and openness to all cultures and religions. It seeks to establish international peace and security, achieve regional and international stability and wants to build bridges of cooperation with countries around the world. The UAE relentlessly makes efforts to achieve economic and social development. These common principles guide its relations with People’s Republic of China, which is also keen to promote relations.
The three-day visit to China of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), which begins today, aims to strengthen the strategic cooperation between the UAE and China in different fields. The bilateral relations are based on a solid foundation of respect, trust, and mutual interests for achieving sustainable development, growth, prosperity and stability for their people. The relationship flourished under the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul) following the establishment of the state in 1971.
Prior to his visit to China, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) stated that relations between the UAE and China have turned into a strategic partnership. He expressed the keenness of the UAE, under President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), to consistently develop relations. “We have to rebuild Silk Road and make it a platform and a bridge for the exchange of relations among the countries in the region,” he added, in a comprehensive and long-term vision for cooperation between the UAE and China.
This is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s third official visit to China since 2009. He is scheduled to meet senior Chinese officials and strengthen strategic partnership. The UAE was the first Arab Gulf country to establish a strategic partnership with China in 2012. During his visit to the UAE, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao promoted this relationship. Today, the UAE is one of China’s biggest trading partners in the world and China’s largest export market in the Middle East and North Africa for several years. The trade exchange between the UAE and China has reached roughly $55 billion.
In April, the UAE became the founding member of international financial institution, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing. This is in addition to its active participation in the China initiative to build ‘One Belt, One Road’ which gives an insight into the UAE leadership and its support for strategic partnership with China. There is also the reality of economic, political and social ties and vision of both the leaderships to promote good relations between the two countries.