(MENAFN - The Peninsula) QNA
Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the People's Republic of China. Sultan bin Salmeen Al Mansouri. praised the deep-rooted and strong relations and the strategic partnership between Qatar and China, especially in terms of the shared visions on sustainable development.
In an interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA), Qatar's Ambassador said that the visit of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the People's Republic of China at the beginning of this year was a complement to the visit by His Highness in 2014, which was a historic visit by all standards, stressing that the visit established a strategic partnership between the two countries through a number of bilateral agreements, whether in the cultural, financial or investment fields, as well as cooperation in the Belt and Road Initiative.
The Ambassador added that recent visit opened up wider horizons for cooperation and strengthening of strategic partnership relations, where bilateral relations were strengthened further by the signing of more agreements in the field of culture and tourism, noting that the most prominent of the agreements signed was the agreement to hold a strategic dialogue between the two sides.
The Ambassador highlighted the significance of the Qatar-China Friendship Association which will open the door to popular diplomacy, as well as sports and educational agreements along with agreements concerning Qatari investments in China and Chinese investment in Qatar.
On the volume of trade exchange between Qatar and China, Ambassador Sultan bin Salmeen Al Mansouri said that the volume of trade exchange is increasing especially in recent years, indicating that it reached about $10bn in 2017 and nearly $11bn in 2018. He added that the value of Qatari exports to China exceeds the value of imports, explaining that the State of Qatar is one of the few countries whose exports exceed the value of imports with China because China is one of the largest importers of the Qatari gas.
On the cooperation in the Belt and Road Initiative, launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, HE the Ambassador said that the State of Qatar has studied the initiative in all respects and found it to be a valuable initiative. Therefore, the State of Qatar signed an agreement with China in 2014 to cooperate in the implementation of the initiative.
The Ambassador pointed to the establishment of a national committee chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cooperate in the field of the Belt and Road Initiative, in addition to establishing a committee from both sides to study infrastructure projects and what's best suited to Qatar and China in the implementation of projects, while stressing that the Qatar is active in all meetings and forums related to the initiative.
On the Qatari companies operating in China, he pointed out that there are joint companies operating in China, He added that the most prominent of these companies are four companies have been awarded a number of projects related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup as well as two Qatari banks working in China, Qatar National Bank and Doha Bank, which operate in Shanghai's financial district.