KUWAIT: On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations with Kuwait, the Embassy of China held a symposium on ‘the relation between China and Kuwait and co-building of the economic belt of the silk road and sea silk road of the 21st century’ at the Regency Hotel yesterday.
The Chinese Ambassador to Kuwait Wang Di talked about the bilateral relations between Kuwait and China from different views including: economic, cultural, youths and others. He also mentioned different important figures expressing the strong relations between the two countries. Faisal Al-Ghais, former Kuwaiti Ambassador to China noted that although the diplomatic relation with China was established in 1971 – both countries already had commercial and economic relations before.
He mentioned seven major points of the bilateral relation – appreciating the supportive role of China during the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. “Kuwait currently has an embassy in China in addition to two consulates – and will soon launch the third consulate. We also have four official bureaus in China. This expresses the importance of the relations with China. Also there are good cultural and scientific bilateral relationships.
Chinese students are now studying in Kuwait University and I wish more Kuwait students will go to study in China. I spent my best days in China, and the people there are peaceful and they love foreigners,” Al-Ghais added. Ahmad Khazal, Deputy General Manager for Youth Affairs at the Public Authority for Youth and Sports spoke about the sports bilateral ties.
“Since early 1970s, we have had great relations with China. We have Chinese coaches and trainers for Gymnastics, swimming and table tennis. I hope that more visits from both sides will take place in the future to exchange this experience,” he said. 20 other personalities addressed the audience. The trade exchange between Kuwait and China is around $11.25 billion, from which oil export from Kuwait represent the majority. Also Kuwait is considered China’s seventh biggest oil supplier
By Nawara Fattahova