Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to the Middle East and Africa will be "an
important diplomatic activity" for boosting unity and cooperation with
developing countries amid profound changes in the global situation, a
senior diplomat said on Friday.
Vice-Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou said at a Beijing news briefing that
it will be the first visit of a Chinese head of state to the United Arab
Emirates in 29 years, and the first trip to Rwanda by a Chinese
Xi will make state visits to the UAE, Senegal, Rwanda and South Africa
from Thursday until July 24 and attend the 10th BRICS Summit in
Johannesburg from July 25 to 27. The president will visit Mauritius
during a stopover there from July 27 to 28.
The Belt and Road Initiative will be an important focus since countries
in the Middle East and Africa have a strong desire to take part in the
initiative, Kong said. Xi will discuss how to better achieve win-win
cooperation and build consensus.
The UAE was the first Gulf state that established a strategic
partnership with China, Kong said. The visit will push forward Belt and
Road construction in the Gulf and promote peace and stability in the
Middle East, he said.
Zhang Jun, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s international
economics department, said the BRICS summit is expected to voice
agreement on safeguarding multilateralism and building an open world
economy. BRICS countries are strongly against unilateralism and
protectionism, which have now become the common concerns and worries of
the international community, Zhang said.