(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Over the past 30 years Qatar and China have maintained stable and friendly relations that have withstood the test of time, Chinese Ambassador to Qatar Zhou Jian has said.
Both friendly countries " have given support to each other on issues of core interests and major concerns, deepening political trust between them", he said.
Speaking to the local media , he said that at the beginning of this year, the China-Qatar Friendship Council and the Qatar-China Friendship Association were established. "This will serve as new platforms for mutual understanding and friendship. During the holy month of Ramadan this year, the documentary 'Traveler's Footprint - China' was broadcast on TV, creating a new round of 'China interest' in Qatar."
He regretted that the Gulf crisis has now entered the third year, and said the Chinese people deeply regret this. "As a true friend of the Arab world, what China wants to see most is unity and harmony among our Arab friends. The least we want is quarrels among brothers".
He stressed that the crisis is not beneficial to any of the countries, nor to the entire GCC.
"China appreciates Qatar's rational and wise response to the crisis. We sincerely hope that all parties could consider the common interests of the Arab world, and resolve differences through dialogue within the framework of the GCC. We hope your relations could return to normal as soon as possible, so as to maintain peace and stability in the region. We believe that all parties have the wisdom and capacity to resolve their differences. China is willing to play an active and constructive role in this regard," he said.
Zhou explained China's stand regarding some of the hot topics , in particular Hong Kong and Xinjiang. He said Hong Kong, known as the 'the Pearl of the Orient, is a hot spot of tourism and investment for Qatari people. There are two flights between Doha and Hong Kong every day, taking Qatari tourists, who experience the prosperity and charm of this modern metropolis. "However, the ongoing protests that went violent there are risking the reputation of the place and discouraging people to go there.
"The protests have gone far beyond the scope of peaceful demonstrations, nearly reaching acts of terrorism. Such violence and crimes cannot be tolerated by any civilised countries. If we turn a blind eye to it, it will endanger the lives and property of Hong Kong people, ruin the rule of law, prosperity and stability, and destroy the rule of the Central Government and the "One country, two systems, arrangement," pointed out the ambassador, stressing that " Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs and we will never allow any foreign interference."
Regarding Xinjiang he said between 1990 and the end of 2016 the region experienced many violent acts . "Many innocent people were killed and several hundred police officers died in the line of duty. The property losses incurred were enormous."
He said the Chinese government has opted for vocational education and training to help the people return to normal life with enough skills.