State Council and CPPCC discuss tapping the full potential of cooperation in multifaceted arenas
14 Nov 2019
- State Council and CPPCC Chairman discuss ways to fortify mutual relations
HE.Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Manthri, State Council Chairman, received in his office on Thursday, Wang Yang, member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and his accompanying delegation along with Li Lingbing, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Sultanate.
At the outset of the meeting, HE.Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Manthri welcomed Wang Yang and his accompanying delegation, wishing that the visit culminates in achieving the desired objectives in boosting bilateral relations between Oman and China and underscored the importance of such visits in strengthening existing relations in various fields and facilitating new avenues of cooperation.
For his part, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Political Council of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Council expressed his happiness to visit the Sultanate, praising the development witnessed in various fields and the interests of the two friendly countries.
The delegation then watched a documentary detailing the development of the Shura process in Oman.
The formal talks between the Omani and Chinese side, was chaired by HE.Dr.Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Manthri and Wang Yang respectively.
The State Council Chairman initiated the talks by praising the bilateral relations between Oman and China, noting that diplomatic relations between them which started in the mid-1970s are developing at an accelerated pace in all fields.
Adding further, he said that these relations culminated in the historic decision of the leadership of the two countries to upgrade the level of bilateral relations to strategic partnership, according to the presidential statement between Oman and China on 25 May 2018, which gave a strong impetus to enhancing strategic consultation between the two countries.
The Omani-Chinese Committee, formed in October 1998 and the Oman-China Friendship Association in October 2010, play an important role in the development of relations between the two countries in cultural, heritage and literary fields.
He pointed out that the volume of trade exchange between the two countries has risen in the last two years.
The State Council Chairman further on added that the Sultanate is a major station on the Silk Road, which China seeks to revive. Pointing to the ongoing negotiations to enter the Sultanate in a real partnership with the Chinese in projects, through investment in Oman such as the Duqm port or other international stations, in addition to cooperation in several areas, including education, training, scientific research, media, oil, gas and tourism.
Adding further, he said that within the framework of cooperation between the two countries, an agreement was signed on May 23, 2016 to establish the Oman-China Industrial City of Duqm for 50 years with an investment volume estimated at about (7,10) Billion U.S. Dollars.
Oman signed a memorandum of understanding with China on May 15, 2018 on "The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative."
A joint founding statement between Oman and the China was signed on May 25, 2018 on the establishment of strategic partnership relationship, which included Oman’s welcome and support for the China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative.
He pointed out that Oman has formed a joint working group with the National Development and Reform Commission of the Republic of China, to become the body responsible for the investment file between the two countries, including the investment project of Oman-China Industrial City in the Special Economic Zone of Duqm.
The Council Chairman stressed that all these steps reflect the desire of the two sides to strengthen their cooperation in fortifying Oman-China relations, which span more than 1,200 years.
At the end of his speech, HE.Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Manthri expressed the hope that the procedures for the installation of the memorial site for Zheng He in Salalah will soon be completed to commemorate his visit to the Sultanate some 600 years ago.
For his part, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Council (CPPCC) praised the Sultanate's efforts to support stability in the region and enable achievement of international peace and security.
He pointed out that there is cooperation between the two friendly countries in many fields, which can be heightened, especially in the economic, commercial and scientific aspects, renewable energy, environment and tourism, in addition to parliamentary cooperation.
During the talks, the two sides reviewed varied aspects of cooperation between Oman and China and ways of enhancing them in all fields to serve their common interests.
Several honored members of the Council, HE.Dr Khalid bin Salem Al Saidi, Secretary-General of the State Council along with the Chinese delegation and Li Lingbing, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Sultanate attended the talk session.