BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China stands ready to work with the Islamic countries to enhance mutual trust and promote practical cooperation for promoting peace and prosperity World over.
In his message on the eve of the 14th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), he said China attaches high importance to its relations with the Islamic world and wishes work jointly to contribute for advancing the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
Xi invited the Muslim Ummah, let also work together promoting dialogue among civilization.
Meanwhile, according to China Economic Net, experts in the Islamic world spoke highly of President Xi Jinping’s message on enhancing cooperation between China and Islamic countries.
Abdullah Al-Salloum, a Kuwaiti economist, said Xi’s message is “classic in diplomacy.”
“Xi’s message speaks of values that we all should encourage,” he said.
Iraqi political analyst Nadhum al-Jubouri said, “China is a country that respects its commitments and abide by its neutrality.”
He said the message shows the Chinese president’s “wisdom and successful leadership.”
Improving relations, mutual understanding, support, and cooperation is “the best way to serve the interests of the Islamic peoples and Chinese people,” al-Jubouri said, stressing closer ties between Islamic countries and China are also important for the global development with the spirit of “tolerance, brotherhood, and peace.”
He called upon Islamic countries to cooperate more with China and expressed the wish that China will further support Islamic countries and help them overcome economic crises.
Al-Jubouri hailed the Belt and Road Initiative as “a brilliant idea,” saying it shows China’s determination to support other peoples within balanced relations of mutual trust in order to create “a harmonious and interactive world that believes in a common destiny and better future.”
Adnan Abu Amer, head of Department of Political Science and Media at Ummah University in Gaza city, said China can help find out appropriate solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli issue.
“The most important thing is that China believes in the principle of partnership, understanding and friendly relations far more than control,” he said.
The large trade volume between China and Islamic countries determines that China would care much about what happens in the region, said Samy Kamhawy, an expert in Chinese affairs from Egypt’s largest daily newspaper Al-Ahram.
He said that the OIC needs to promote cooperation between the organization members and China through international deals and joint work.
He believes China will have a unique role to play among the Islamic countries, as it could work as a mediator to help settle problems that occur from time to time among Islamic countries.
“China … can play a big role via its diplomatic policies to help reduce the differences and ease the tensions in the region,” Kamhawy added.
Nasser Bouchiba, president of the Africa-China Cooperation Association for Development, said: “I would like to remind you that respect is a cultural characteristic in China, and this has always been observed since the beginning of exchanges with Arab and Muslim traders back in the eighth century.”
Bouchiba said President Xi’s message on the OIC summit is therefore “a continuation of China’s great esteem and respect for the Muslim world.”