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Xi Jinping Speaks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia on the Phone


On the evening of September 9, 2020, President Xi Jinping spoke with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia on the phone.

Xi Jinping stressed, since China and Saudi Arabia established diplomatic relations 30 years ago, bilateral relations have made substantial development, with stable progress in practical cooperation in various areas. At present, China-Saudi Arabia relations have entered a mature period of rapid development and are facing new opportunities. The Chinese side is willing to, together with the Saudi Arabian side, take the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to enhance mutual political trust and continue to support each other on issues involving each other's core interests and major concerns. The Chinese side is also ready to work with Saudi Arabia to strengthen the integration between the Belt and Road Initiative and Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, push cooperation in all fields for tangible and in-depth development, and promote even greater development of the China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership. The Chinese side is willing to work with the Saudi Arabian side to take China-Arab strategic partnership to a higher level.

Xi Jinping noted, in the face of the sudden outbreak of the COVID-19, the Saudi Arabian side has supported the Chinese side's fight against the pandemic, and the Chinese side has actively provided material assistance to the Saudi Arabian side while overcoming its own difficulties. The COVID-19 is the common enemy of mankind, and the only way to defeat it is to pull together with solidarity and cooperation. As the pandemic is still spreading around the globe, the Chinese side will continue to fully support the Saudi Arabian side's efforts against the disease, carry out cooperation in vaccine research and development, and help the Saudi Arabian side resume work and production.

Xi Jinping stressed, the Chinese side appreciates the Saudi Arabian side's tremendous efforts to promote cooperation within the Group of 20 (G20) since it took over the rotating presidency, and stands ready to intensify communication and coordination with the Saudi Arabian side to bolster G20 cooperation. China will work with Saudi Arabia to make the COVID-19 vaccine a global public product, and strive to make it affordable and available to all countries and all people. The Chinese side is ready to work with G20 members, including Saudi Arabia, to increase assistance to developing countries, build an open world economy, maintain stability of global industrial and supply chains, facilitate orderly personnel flow, guide digital economy cooperation, and foster an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory digital economy environment.

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said, Saudi Arabia-China relations have seen sound development and the friendship between the two peoples has been continuously strengthened. The Saudi Arabian side attaches great importance to developing the comprehensive strategic partnership with China, and hopes to, together with the Chinese side, strengthen bilateral cooperation in the COVID-19 containment, especially in vaccine research and development, better synergize its Vision 2030 and the Belt and Road Initiative, and deepen practical cooperation across the board. The Saudi Arabian side appreciates the Chinese side's support and assistance for its work as the G20 presidency, and hopes to maintain close communication and coordination with the Chinese side to promote solidarity and cooperation among G20 members, and make due contributions to prevailing over the pandemic and restoring economic growth and stability in the world.

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