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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister of the UAE Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

On March 28, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.

Wang Yi said that the people of China and the UAE are good friends, good brothers and good partners. The relations between China and the UAE are based on a high mutual trust and deep-rooted traditional friendship. The strong friendship and mutual trust between the top leaders of the two countries provide a solid guarantee for the continuous development of China-UAE relations. China supports the UAE in safeguarding its national security and stability, independently exploring a development path in line with its own national conditions, combating religious extremism, and playing a positive role in international and regional affairs. China appreciates the UAE's strong support on the issues concerning China's core interests. The development of China, the UAE and other emerging economies represents the growing forces of peace and the diversity of civilizations, which will make the world more balanced, harmonious and diversified.

Wang Yi emphasized that the phase-3 trial of the COVID-19 vaccine, jointly carried out by China and the UAE, has set a record for multi-nationality and large-scale clinical trials, and made important contribution to promoting international anti-coronavirus cooperation. China is willing to continuously develop new models and expand the scope of cooperation with the UAE, to showcase the principles of international morality upheld by the two countries. China is willing to work with the UAE to enhance connectivity of the Belt and Road Initiative and the UAE's 50-year National Development Plan, expand mutually beneficial cooperation in such fields as energy, high and new technologies, finance and investment, and jointly promote international mutual recognition of health codes. The two sides also need to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism and de-radicalization. China will offer full support for the UAE to host the World Expo in Dubai and will work with all parties to ensure the success of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Wang Yi said that China is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with the UAE in multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, jointly safeguard true multilateralism, promote democracy in international relations, support diversity of civilizations, give play to the central role of the United Nations, and defend the authority of international law and international treaties. China and Arab states have reached an agreement on jointly proposing a data security cooperation initiative, indicating that both sides are willing to actively participate in formulating the rules of the global digital economy. China has put forward a five-point initiative on achieving security and stability in the Middle East, and hopes that regional countries will uphold the spirit of independence and take ownership of the region to explore a security framework that meets regional needs, and find a development path that suits their national conditions.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that the Chinese people should be proud of China's remarkable development achievements and its success in taking the lead in containing the COVID-19 pandemic. The UAE is also proud of having such a strategic partner as China. The UAE supports the one-China principle, China's endeavors to safeguard the diversity of world civilizations, and China's leading role in promoting global common development. The UAE hopes to deepen its cooperation with China in the fields such as health, agriculture, science and technology, tackling climate change, and preventing desertification to achieve mutually beneficial results. The UAE is willing to work together with China to combat terrorism, and in particular, to make more efforts in the field of de-radicalization, so as to safeguard peace and stability in the Middle East. He hopes that the two sides will further coordinate and cooperate in the UN affairs. The UAE appreciates China's active participation in the World Expo in Dubai and supports China in hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern.

The two sides announced that an agreement has been reached in principle on the mutual recognition of health codes. After the talks, both sides took part in an online ceremony to launch a joint vaccine liquid bottling production line.

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