China and the GCC Hold the Second Round of Strategic Dialogue

On May 2, 2011, the People’s Republic of China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held the second round of strategic dialogue in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The meeting was co-chaired by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which holds the current rotating presidency of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammad Sabah, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar bin Obaid Madani of Saudi Arabia, which holds the next presidency of the GCC, and Secretary-General of the GCC Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani also attended the meeting.

China and the GCC were satisfied with the continuous development of bilateral relations and the achievements in various fields. Both sides agreed that the launch of the strategic dialogue mechanism has enhanced mutual trust and cooperation between the two sides and strengthened consultations and coordination between the two sides.

The two sides stressed the willingness to improve consultation, coordination and cooperation mechanisms in various fields in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Dialogue between the People’s Republic of China and the Gulf Cooperation Council, which was signed in June 2010 in Beijing and the framework agreement on economic, investment and technical cooperation, which was signed in June 2004 in Beijing.

The two sides agreed to convene expert meetings as soon as possible to develop action plans for the implementation of cooperation contents in trade, investment, energy, culture, education, scientific research, environment, health and other fields identified in the framework agreement and the memorandum of understanding and develop specific timetable. The two sides agreed to continue to strengthen consultation so as to complete the free trade area (FTA) negotiations as early as possible.

The two sides exchanged views on related international and regional issues in a cordial and friendly atmosphere and reached broad consensus.

The two sides stressed that relations between countries should be based on good neighborliness and friendship, full respect for national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and non-interference in internal affairs of other countries. Disputes should be resolved by peaceful means in accordance with the related principles in "the United Nations Charter" and the UN Security Council resolutions. The two sides support the initiatives taken by the GCC countries to safeguard their security and stability.

The two sides agreed that the strategic position of the Middle East Gulf region is important and the region has an important influence on world peace and development. Maintaining peace and stability in the region complies with the common interest of the countries in the region and the international community. The Chinese side welcomes and supports the efforts made the GCC to address the current crisis in Yemen.

The two sides stressed the importance of the Middle East becoming a zone free of weapons of mass destruction and acknowledged the rights of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to make peaceful use of nuclear energy in compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation measures and conditions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and on the basis of accept the oversight of IAEA.

The two sides agreed to hold the third round of strategic dialogue in China in 2012.

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