On behalf of the Chinese government and the 1.4 billion Chinese people, I would like to extend my heartfelt greetings and best wishes to HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani , HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, HH the Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani, as well as the Qatari people. I sincerely wish brotherly Qatar, under the leadership of HH the Emir Tamim, to hold a wonderful 2020 FIFA Club World Cup, accomplish greater achievements in its "Qatar National Vision 2030", and make Qatar a more glorious pearl of the Gulf, a more lively oasis in the desert.
Over the past few years, the brotherly Qatari people have made great progress in national development. Its economy has been diversified at a rapid pace. Free zones in Qatar have been facilitating business and attracting investments. A great number of large-scale infrastructure projects have been completed. Natural gas production has recorded new high. Lives of the residents of Qatar have been significantly improved.The success of Qatar should first be attributed to the leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim. Out of the loyalty to his country and the sense of responsibility for his people, His Highness established the “Qatar National Vision 2030”, to modernize Qatar’s governance system, enhance it economy diversity, so as to maintain comprehensive and sustainable development of the country’s economy. At present, Qatar is the largest LNG exporter of the world and a critical hub in the Gulf region and the Middle East, making positive contributions to global energy and security and the world’s economic development. The Qatari people are marching boldly forward to a bright future under the leadership of His Highness.Of course, the success of Qatar also belongs to the brave and hard-working Qatari people. They gained national independence and liberation with great sacrifices and have turned a patch of desert into a modern country with sweat and wisdom. They welcome visitors with openness, making Qatar a paradise appealing to people from all over the world. The Qatari people have shown solidarity in overcoming numerous difficulties and risks. As a result, the “Qatar Cruise” is proceeding through waves and heading to the port of success.Qatar's achievements are also the results of its national and social stability. Underthe leadership of HH the Emir Tamim, the Qatari people have found a development path that suits Qatar’s reality, formulated their own political system, and realized political and social stability. This is crucial to maintaining economic development, social openness, and people’s happiness.
Although China and Qatar are geographically far apart, our friendly interactions date back centuries. We are friends, brothers and partners. Since the establishmentof diplomatic relations between China and Qatar, our bilateral relations have maintained sound and steady development under the guidance of the two countries’ leaders. I think we could see our relations from three aspects. The mutual political trust between the two countries is high. In 2014, China and Qatar established a strategic partnership, and started our cooperation underthe Belt and Road Initiative, which opened the gate of rapid and comprehensive development. Since the beginning of this year, the two heads of states have met twice in just six months. They have reached broad consensus on deepening China-Qatar strategic partnership and have drawn a beautiful blueprint for the development of bilateral relations. China and Qatar have always focused on enhancing mutual understanding and support on issues involving each other’s core interests and major concerns, and strengthening coordination on major international issues. Both of us are contributors to global peace and stability, as well as protecting the common interests of developing countries. The pragmatic cooperation between the two countries is deep. At the beginning ofour diplomatic ties, the trade volume of China-Qatar was less than 50 million US dollars, and it rose to 13.4 billion US dollars in 2018, with an rapid increase of 260 times. China has become Qatar's third largest trading partner and second largest source of imports. On the other hand, Qatar is China's second largest source of LNG imports. Qatar’s LGN has contributed to China’s green development, and the high-quality Chinese products have improved Qataris’ living standard. Chinese companies have extensively participated in Qatar's major projects such as the Lusail stadium and Hamad Port, and Chinese engineers are currently implementing the construction of 5G communication networks. The Chinese Industrial and Commercial Bank and the Bank of China have branches in Doha, and most of their loans go to local enterprises, contributing to Qatar’s real economy. Lately, the second session of the Qatari-Chinese Joint Committee for Economic, Trade, and Technical Co-operation was held in Doha successfully. The two sides had in-depth discussions regarding the implementation of our two leaders’ consensus and promoting the cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, industry, finance, energy, infrastructure and sub-national collaborations, which opened a new chapter of bilateral relations. The personnel exchange between the two countries is phenomenal. Amity between the peoples holds the keys to sound state-to-state relations. The Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture drew to a successful close, and such Chinese events as Kungfu, ballet and folk music gained popularity in Qatar. More and more Qataris are learning Chinese. The Qatar football team won the Asian Cup and owns a large number of loyal fans in China. Thousands of visitors flocked to the Qatar Pavilion in Expo 2019 Beijing, and it became one of the most popular foreign pavilions. At present, both sides are working hard to accelerate the procedure of establishing Chinese cultural center and Confucius Institute in Doha. I believe that will help to deepen the people-to-people bond. Looking at the future, China-Qatar bilateral ties are standing at a new starting point with strategic opportunities. We wish to work closely with Qatar to implement the consensus of our leaders, to create synergy between our development strategies towards a community of shared future for China and Qatar.
We should deepen the mutual political trust. We should increase high-level interactions and maintain close contacts at the leadership and other levels. We should continue to provide mutual support on issues involving each other’s core interests and major concerns, fight against unilateralism and hegemonism, defend multilateralism and free trade, and promote democracy in international relations. We should call on the media to adhere to the principles of objectiveness and justice, and encourage our journalists to report the real China and the real Qatar.
We should deepen win-win cooperation. We should enhance our cooperation mechanism with energy as the core, infrastructure as the key field, finance and investment as new starting points, forming a mutually beneficial and win-win relationship with strong complimentarity and interlinked interests. We should enhance people-to-people connectivity. People are always the basic elements of bilateral ties and friendship. We should encourage cultural exchanges, increase visits of performance delegations, media, think tanks and universities, and enhance our understanding and friendship. Youths represent the future of our countries and the hope of our nations. We should encourage the exchanges of young people, which will help to pass on our friendship from generation to generation.