|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud|
On January 10, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. The two sides had in-depth exchanges on bilateral relations, practical cooperation and multilateral coordination, and reached broad consensus.
Wang Yi said that you are the first foreign minister to visit China in the New Year, showcasing the high level of comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Saudi Arabia. Under the strategic leadership of President Xi Jinping and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, China-Saudi Arabia relations have maintained a sound, stable and strong momentum of development, and the two countries have become good friends, partners and brothers featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit and common development. China always views China-Saudi Arabia relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, places Saudi Arabia in the priority position of China's Middle East diplomacy, and is willing to work together with Saudi Arabia to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state and elevate China-Saudi Arabia relations to a higher and deeper level. Both sides should continue to firmly support each other in safeguarding respective core interests, jointly oppose unilateralism and bullying practice, safeguard the collective interests of developing countries and uphold the basic norms of international relations. China highly appreciates that Saudi Arabia, as a major Islamic country, defended China against issues related to Xinjiang and opposed external interference in China's internal affairs.
Wang Yi said, Saudi Arabia is China's largest trading partner and importer of crude oil in the Middle East. In the first three quarters of last year, the two-way trade between China and Saudi Arabia expanded against headwinds, and infrastructure cooperation and mutual investment maintained strong momentum, fully demonstrating the huge potential of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. China supports Saudi Arabia's "Middle East Green Initiative" and "Saudi Green Initiative", supports Saudi Arabia in advancing "Saudi Vision 2030". China is willing to actively participate in the major development projects of Saudi Arabia, and help this country accelerate its diversified development. China is ready to expand cooperation with Saudi Arabia in new energy, e-commerce, law enforcement and security, Chinese language teaching, joint archaeology, among other fields.
Faisal said that China is an important strategic and development partner of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia upholds the principle of mutual respect, a basic norm governing international relations, consistently opposes interference in China's internal affairs, firmly supports the one-China principle, and China's legitimate positions on issues related to Taiwan, Xinjiang and human rights, and appreciates China's support for Saudi Arabia's efforts to safeguard its interests. Saudi Arabia firmly believes that mutual support on multilateral occasions is conducive to the balance and stability of the world. Saudi Arabia is willing to strengthen the synergy of "Saudi Vision 2030" and the Belt and Road Initiative, and deepen practical cooperation in various fields such as oil and gas resources, clean energy, Chinese language teaching and people-to-people exchanges.
Wang Yi said that China supports Saudi Arabia in playing a greater role in international and regional affairs and congratulates Saudi Arabia on taking over the rotating presidency of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). China believes that the GCC will achieve more results in self-strengthening through unity and integration, among other aspects. China is willing to deepen practical cooperation with the GCC in various fields and enhance the overall level of China-GCC cooperation. China appreciates Saudi Arabia's proposal and active preparations for the first China-Arab Summit, and is willing to strengthen strategic communication between the two sides, enhance solidarity and mutual trust, jointly safeguard the legitimate interests of China, Arab states and developing countries, and accelerate the building of a China-Arab community with shared future in the new era.
Wang Yi said that China supports Saudi Arabia in hosting the 2034 Asian Games, and thanks and appreciates Saudi Arabia's support for China's hosting of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games and its participation in co-sponsoring the Olympic Truce resolution. China is willing to work with Saudi Arabia to oppose the politicization of sports events. Faisal appreciates China's great efforts to host the Beijing Olympic Winter Games and wishes and believes that the Beijing Olympic Winter Games will be a complete success.
The two sides exchanged views on the Iranian nuclear issue. Wang Yi said the international nuclear non-proliferation regime must be maintained, while the legitimate and reasonable security concerns of regional countries should also be accommodated. China supports the countries in the Gulf region in establishing a multilateral dialogue platform to strengthen themselves through unity and take the initiative in regional issues into their own hands. China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in this regard.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern, such as issues related to Yemen and Afghanistan. Faisal appreciated China's positive role in promoting peace through talks and regional security and stability.