The ambassador said that Xi held telephone talks with King Salman to emphasize the importance of anti-pandemic cooperation, especially cooperation in vaccine research and development. “We will work together with our Saudi counterparts to implement the consensus of the two heads of state and redouble our efforts to bring benefits to the two peoples and the people of other countries as soon as possible,” he said.
He stressed that solidarity and cooperation are the only way for countries around the world to conquer the pandemic. “Saudi Arabia, in the capacity (of the) G20’s presidency this year, plays an important leading role in strengthening global cooperation in the fight against the pandemic. China stands ready to work with Saudi Arabia to safeguard world peace and stable development, promote global economic recovery in the post-pandemic era, maintain the stability of global industrial and supply chains, and carry out cooperation in new technologies and new industries, including health care and (the) digital economy.”
In celebrating Saudi Arabia’s 90th National Day, Chen congratulated King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi government and its people. “This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Saudi Arabia,” he pointed out. “Thanks to the concern of both leaders and the joint efforts of both countries, China-Saudi Arabia relations have gained notable development achievements.
“No matter how the international landscape may change, China always takes Saudi Arabia as a good friend, a good partner and a good brother, and sticks to maintaining and developing the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Saudi Arabia.”