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Chinese premier puts forward three-point proposal on China-Arab relations


16:17, January 19, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao gives a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the fourth China-Arab Business Conference and Investment Seminar in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, Jan. 18, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao on Wednesday put forward a three-point proposal on China-Arab relations, saying that it is important for both sides to work closely in the face of the current complex international circumstances.

First, Wen called for strengthening political mutual trust and deepening strategic cooperation.

"To increase mutual understanding and trust, promote strategic cooperation and support each other's core concerns serves our common interests," Wen said in a speech at the fourth China-Arab Business Conference and Investment Seminar in Sharjah, one of the UAE's seven sheikhdoms.

China supports the efforts of the Gulf countries and the Gulf Cooperation Council in maintaining stability and improving people's well-being, Wen said.

"We support countries in the region in choosing independently a development path suited to their national conditions," Wen said.

China is ready to work with the Arab countries to play a constructive role in regional and international affairs and build a more just and equitable new international political and economic order.

Second, Wen urged deepening mutually beneficial cooperation for common development.

China and the Arab countries are highly complementary economically and enjoy bright prospects for business cooperation, Wen said.

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