China vowed yesterday to further its pragmatic cooperation with Kuwait in the
various fields in a bid to step up the bilateral relations to a higher level.
In his meeting with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah,
visiting Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang called on the two sides to promote
high-level exchange based on equality and mutual benefit, political mutual trust
as well as cooperation on trade.
China highly values its ties with Kuwait and the two nations have offered
mutual understanding and support on issues with the irrespective key concern, Li
Li also said that China is ready to strengthen cooperation with the Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) which plays a very important role in the Gulf region.
The dialogue mechanism with GCC would launch next year and the negotiation on
a free trade area has entered into a critical phase, Li said, expressing his
belief that Kuwait would continue to play a significant role to boost China-GCC
Echoing Li's views, Emir Al-Sabah highlighted the growth of cooperation
between the two nations such as economics and trade, promising that the country
would continue to push forward the bilateral relations.
Emir Al-Sabah also expressed his appreciation to China's efforts on the
Middle East issue and willingness to, as a GCC member, work with China to
safeguard the regional peace and stability.
Li pays the visit to Kuwait at the invitation of Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Jaber MubarakAl-Hamad Al-Sabah.
Kuwait is the final leg of Li's 11-day overseas visit, his first foreign
visit since he took office as vice premier in March, which has already taken him
to Indonesia and Egypt.
According to official statistics, China and Kuwait renewed their record of
bilateral trade volume in 2007 with US$3.6 billion, a 30 percent growth compared
with that of 2006.
China imported US$2.3 billion worth of goods from Kuwait in 2007, with 90
percent of oil products, while only exporting US$1.3 billion of goods to Kuwait.