On January 13, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held telephone talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Wang Yi first thanked the UAE for supporting the smooth holding of the National Day of China Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, saying that China will continue to support the UAE to make the Expo one of the most successful to help the UAE enhance its international status and influence and open up new space for diversified development. Visitors from all countries are welcome to visit the China Pavilion. He believes that the China Pavilion will become a window for countries to enhance their understanding of and friendship with China.
Wang Yi said that China and the UAE are comprehensive strategic partners and cooperation between the two sides in various fields is at the forefront of China's cooperation with countries in the region. China appreciates that the UAE understands and supports China's legitimate positions on issues related to China's core interests. China also supports the UAE to follow the development path in line with its national conditions. China has always viewed China-UAE relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, and is willing to work with the UAE, under the guidance of the leaders of the two countries, to continuously promote and deepen the China-UAE comprehensive strategic partnership.
Abdullah thanked China for its precious and strong support to the UAE for the successful hosting of the Expo and the fight against the pandemic. He said that the UAE highly values its friendship with China, and has always put bilateral relations as a priority in its diplomacy. China and the UAE are strategic partners and friends in need, and the relationship between the two sides has become a model of international relations. Both sides adhere to the principle of non-interference in internal affairs and believe that the pandemic response should adhere to scientific principles. The UAE is willing to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and push for greater development of bilateral cooperation in various fields.
Wang Yi said that the anti-pandemic cooperation between China and the UAE sets a model of international solidarity against the pandemic and has further deepened the friendship and mutual trust between the two sides. Last year, the bilateral trade volume between the two countries grew significantly against headwinds. China is confident in the prospects of bilateral relations, which will surely become more resilient and stable. China is willing to continue to steadily guarantee the supply of finished and bulk vaccines to the UAE, make solid progress in the joint filling and packaging lines of Chinese vaccines, carry out joint research and development of anti-pandemic drugs, and further strengthen cooperation in the fields of energy, production capacity, finance and high technology so as to make more practical cooperation achievements.
Abdullah said that the UAE supports China in organizing the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, looks forward to attending the opening ceremony and wishes the Beijing Olympic Winter Games a complete success. Wang Yi said that China welcomes the UAE leaders to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games and is willing to take this opportunity to elevate bilateral relations to a new level and achieve new results in cooperation in various fields.
The two sides also exchanged views on deepening cooperation between China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Abdullah expressed that the UAE advocates the joint statement issued by the GCC Secretariat and the Chinese side recently and fully agreed that the China-GCC Free Trade Area (FTA) should be established as soon as possible. Wang Yi stressed that China is willing to work with the Gulf countries to accelerate the development of the FTA, so as to bring positive news and inject new impetus into bilateral and global economic development.
Wang Yi congratulated the UAE on its appointment as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. He said, China is willing to work closely with the UAE to maintain communication and coordination on promoting the resolution of hotspot issues and addressing global challenges, adhere to and practice true multilateralism, promote democracy in international relations, jointly maintain regional peace and stability, safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of emerging market countries and uphold international fairness and justice.
The two sides also exchanged views on issues related to Yemen and the Middle East as well as the Iranian nuclear issue.