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RIYADH, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu
Jintao's scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reflects the intimate
partnership of the two countries, Saudi-China Friendship Association Chairman
Abdullah-Rahman Jourish said here on Monday.
In an interview with Xinhua, Jourish said the
Saudi-China Friendship Association had witnessed the rapid development of the
friendly relations of the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two
countries since they established diplomatic ties in 1990.
Saudi Arabia has been China's largest trade partner
in West Asia for the past eight years. Statistics showed bilateral trade volume
in 2008 exceeded 41.8 billion U.S. dollars.
The chairman said that his association had played an
important part in promoting the economic cooperation of the two countries.
The Chinese president's three-day state visit, at the
invitation of King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, is his second to the
Arab state since April 2006.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the visit
is aimed at furthering China's friendship and cooperation with the country and
enhancing its cooperation with the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of
the Gulf (GCC).
Since 1990, the two countries have witnessed rapid
development in exchanges and cooperation in political, economic, cultural,
educational and religious fields, among others.
King Abdullah paid a state visit to China in January
2006, the first official overseas visit after his succession as king, and also
the first visit to China by Saudi king since the two countries established
diplomatic relations in 1990.
Hu's upcoming visit provides an opportunity for the
two countries to further consolidate and strengthen bilateral strategic
cooperation, Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Yang Honglin told Xinhua.
It shows Chinese leaders attach great importance to
the Sino-Saudi relations and China hopes the visit can push bilateral relations
to a higher level, Yang said.
Ambassador: Saudi Arabia sharing weal
or woe with China
RIYADH, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia shares weal
or woe with China whatever in the face of the devastating earthquake or the
revelry of the Beijing Olympic Games, Saudi Ambassador to China Yahya bin
Abdul-Kareem Al-Zaid told Xinhua in an interview on Monday.
He believes that Chinese President Hu Jintao's
upcoming visit to his country will successfully push forward the friendly
cooperation between the two countries in all fields. Full story