Backgrounder: China-Arab Cooperation Forum

16:36, May 13, 2010      

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The fourth Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab Cooperation Forum opened on Thursday in China's northern port city of Tianjin.

The following is some background information about the 6-year-old platform designed to promote exchanges and cooperation between China and the Arab world.

The forum was initiated in the opening years of the new millennium, after China and Arab countries had witnessed a steady growth in friendship and cooperation, generating the need for a new mechanism to fully exploit their cooperative potential and thus further enhance their cooperative relations.

Following years of preparations, China and the Arab League (AL), whose 22 members have all established diplomatic relations with China, formally launched the China-Arab Cooperation Forum in 2004, when Chinese President Hu Jintao visited AL headquarters in Cairo.

The forum is designed to serve as a platform for exchanging views between China and Arab nations and promoting their mutually beneficial cooperation in politics, economy and trade, culture, technology and international affairs.

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