“UAE is indispensable to BRI”: Hu Heping

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ABU DHABI: Hu Heping, Member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Shaanxi province in China, while attending a lecture hosted by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a key component of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The title of the lecture was, “The Communist Party of China’s Ideas on State Governance in the Seventy Years since the Establishment of Modern China.”

Heping, while referring to the 2018 China-UAE Joint Declaration which led to the establishment of a comprehensive pragmatic partnership between the two countries, said that China aims to further increase cooperation with UAE. He urged the two nations to deepen relations in various matters, particularly those pertaining to the BRI in which the UAE plays a vital role.

Citing the visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to China in July 2017, Heping said that leaders of the two nations are keen to promote bilateral relations. He also highlighted the joint projects between the two countries, pointing out that nearly 300,000 Chinese expatriates are living and working in the UAE and more than one million Chinese tourists visit the UAE every year.

The lecturer highlighted the most important CPC achievements in the past 70 years, the first of which has been to enhance the country’s economic power. China became the second-largest economy in the world in 2010, and its GDP increased from US$27.6 billion in 1952 to $13.6 trillion in 2018.

Secondly, he added, the CPC ensured the diversification of the economic structure and as a result, China now leads the world in manufacturing 220 types of industrial products. Thirdly, the CPC boosted the country’s creative capacity and China spends $290 billion on scientific research and development.

Source: Emirates News Agency