The first round of strategic dialogue between the governments of Qatar and China was held Wednesday in Beijing, where the two sides held comprehensive talks on bilateral relations in economic, security, cultural and tourism fields.
The Qatari side was chaired by HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, while the Chinese side was headed by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Both sides stressed the importance of strengthening the partnership between the two countries, co-ordinating positions on regional issues and increasing co-operation in international organisations.
They discussed exchanging information on available investment opportunities, signing agreements in the field of investment, attracting capital by entering into Qatari-Chinese partnerships in various fields, as well as strengthening opportunities to further bilateral co-operation in the financial services sector, including the banking and insurance and capital markets.
During the talks, an operational plan for co-operation between Qatar and China was announced in the framework of the implementation of the "Belt and Road" initiative, in addition to announcing the entry of agreement on exempting citizens of both countries from visa requirements into force on December 21, 2018.
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani with Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau and director of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
The two sides welcomed co-operation in the civil aviation field and efforts to look into increasing the number of flights between the two countries.
They also welcomed the strategic co-operation in the field of energy and called for discussion of new projects.
The two sides stressed the importance of developing co-operation in the field of tourism and culture as a means of increasing communication between the citizens of both countries.
At the end of the first round of strategic dialogue, the two governments agreed to hold the second round of strategic dialogue between the two countries in Doha next year.
In his speech during the opening of the first round of strategic dialogue, HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said that this dialogue reveals the strength and depth of relations between Qatar and China.
He stressed that this dialogue will give the two countries an annual opportunity to exchange views, promote these relations in various fields to serve common interests, and consult on regional and international situations and issues of common concern.
HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani explained that the dialogue will strengthen co-operation between the two countries and widen prospects for strengthening relations and co-operation in all fields.
“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two friendly countries, during which the two countries have entered into true partnership and co-operation at the bilateral, regional and international levels”.
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed to the partnership and co-operation with China on the "Belt and Road" initiative, adding: "We have set up a committee representing the relevant State bodies to co-ordinate with the Chinese side, besides the strategic partnership in the field of energy and trading the Chinese currency (the yuan) for which we opened a clearing centre, in addition to good security and military co-operation."
In this context, HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani praised the positive stance of China towards Qatar during the current crisis in the Gulf and the continued call for all parties to sit at the negotiating table to maintain security and stability in the Gulf.
He stressed that Qatar supports China in defending its territorial integrity and enhancing its security and stability against anyone who tries to tamper with it.
He also referred to the two countries' partnership at the Asian level in the CICA and the Asian Dialogue, and the membership of the Asian Investment Bank in Infrastructure.
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani met in Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau and director of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing Wednesday. During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and ways of boosting them, in addition to issues of common concern.