President Bashar al-Assad and the Chinese President Xi Jinping announced ,during a summit meeting, a “strategic partnership” in various fields.
President al-Assad considered his visit to China is important in its timing and circumstances, as a multipolar world is being formed that would restore balance and stability to the world.
The Chinese President Xi Jinping described this meeting as a pivotal event in the history of bilateral relations between the two countries in facing international situations full of instability factors.
President al-Assad stressed that China stands with people’s just causes, based on the legal, humanitarian and moral principles that form the basis of Chinese policy in international forums based on the independence of states, respect for peoples’ will and the rejection of terrorism.
His Excellency pointed out that China is a major, advanced and economically strong country, but it has not lost its humanity like other developed countries, but rather plays a major role in balancing the political arena and establishing a new path of development.
“Syria will remain a loyal friend of China because what unites them are principles, and China also has a clear vision towards Syria and our region in general, and Syria supports all the initiatives put forward by Xi Jinping to ensure a safe future for humanity and adheres to the one-China principle”, President al-Assad added.
Al-Assad considered that there is no difference between Syria, Ukraine, and the South China Sea, as the West uses these arenas to confuse countries, so we must confront the principle of military power with the principle of soft power based on ethics and cooperation approved by China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said “For 67 years, Syrian-Chinese relations have been firm in the face of the changing international situation, and the friendship between both countries remains firm over time,”.
He stressed that his country is keen to boost cooperation with Syria within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, and supports Syria’s accession to the Shanghai Organization as a partner for dialogue.
President Xi Jinping added that China also steadfastly supports Syrian efforts against external interference, rejects the presence of illegal forces on Syrian territory, and urges countries to lift sanctions and the illegal economic blockade, in addition to its support for building Syrian capabilities in combating terrorism.
He thanked Syria for its support to China on issues related to Taiwan and Cheng Yang.
President Xi Jinping underlined that the discussions with President al-Assad were fruitful and broad consensuses were reached.
The discussions witnessed the signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding between the Syrian and Chinese governments.
“Economic Cooperation Agreement between the two Countries”, a “Joint Memorandum of Understanding for Economic Development and Cooperation”, and a “Memorandum of Understanding on the Common Context of Cooperation Plan of a Belt and Road Initiative were signed.
President Bashar al-Assad and First Lady, Mrs. Asma al-Assad started on Thursday a visit to the People’s Republic of China.
An official reception ceremony was held at Hangzhou International Airport, as President al-Assad and the First Lady were received by Minister of Trade Wang Wentao, Vice Chairman of the Advisory Council of Zhejiang Province, Gong Xiwei, and the Chinese Ambassador to Damascus and his wife.
Source: Syrian Arab News Agency