BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Saudi Arabian
Ambassador designate to China Saleh Alhegeian said here Friday that King
Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz's forthcoming China tour will be a visit worth
The Saudi Arabian king will start a three-day state
visit to China on Sunday at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Saleh told Xinhua in an exclusive interview that it
will be the king's first ever trip to China since the two countries forged
diplomatic relations in 1990, and also his first official visit abroad since he
succeeded to the throne.
"Undoubtedly, his visit will be paid before the
Chinese lunar new year, which fully shows that Saudi Arabia attaches great
importance to its friendship with China," said Saleh.
Over the past few years, the two countries have
enjoyed frequent cooperation, especially in the economic and trade area.
In 2005, the two-way trade volume rocketed 59 percent
year on year to 14.5 billion U.S. dollars, about five times that of 2000.
Saleh said the visit will become a new milestone in
developing the friendly relations between China and Saudi Arabia.
As two important nations in the world, China and
Saudi Arabia will open new areas of cooperation and continue to strengthen
exchanges in diplomacy, economy and trade, said Saleh.
"The closer contacts and cooperation between the two
countries will surely exert a great influence on international society," he
According to Saleh, Saudi Arabia is abundant in
resources and oil reserves. China imports about 450,000 barrels of oil from
Saudi Arabia daily, accounting for 14 percent of its overall oil import.
At present, an oil refining project jointly invested
by Saudi Arabian and Chinese companies has been put into production. Last year,
Chinese enterprises won the bid for the construction projects with a total
contract sum up to billions of U.S. dollars in Saudi Arabia, covering the fields
of cement-production, telecommunication and infrastructure construction.
During his visit, the king will exchange views with
Chinese leaders on further expanding bilateral cooperation in economic and trade
area and some agreements might be signed, said Saleh.
"We are looking forward to more and more cooperation
between the two nations," Saleh added. Enditem