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Consul General Li Xuhang Publishes Signed Article "Ride the Wind to Advance and Write a New Chapter with Solidarity" in Al Bayan

On February 5, Al Bayan, an Arabic newspaper with the highest circulation in the UAE, published Consul General Li Xuhang’s signed article "Ride the Wind to Advance and Write a New Chapter with Solidarity". The full text is as follows:

2020 was an extraordinary year in human history. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a global crisis, and the haze of it is still lingering. All countries have experienced the severe test of epidemic prevention and control and the resumption of production. As a result, the world has undergone tremendous changes.

However, what remains unchanged is that only in hard times can courage and perseverance be manifested. As His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Chief of Dubai, said, in a turbulent year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE has demonstrated its true value and strength of solidarity. In 2020, the governments and people of China and the UAE have withstood the most severe test of the pandemic in the world over a century and coordinated prevention and control with economic and social development. Various on-line and off-line exchanges and cooperation has opened a new world of cooperation between digital business and brick and mortar business, which led the development trend of the time.

However, what remains the same is our true friendship in adversity and our solidarity like brotherhood. China-UAE relations are in the golden age of fulfilling the long-term plan. In 2020, the leaders of the two countries worked together closely in communication and coordination and adamantly supported each other in fighting the epidemic. The friendship between China and the UAE is not only embodied by the mutual financial and material support, but also by the message of “Wuhan, Jiayou” shining on the Burj Khalifa which combined the strength of the people of the two countries together to fight the epidemic, and by the Phase III clinical trial of vaccine which ushered in the dawn of defeating the virus. This friendship will be firmer after the test of the epidemic.

However, the constant is that we are not alone on the Great Way and the whole world is one family. President Xi Jinping emphasized that after a year of hardship, we can understand more than ever the significance of a community with a shared future for mankind. The best way to deal with the virus is to work together and fight the epidemic together. We still have a long way to go in pandemic prevention and control. China is willing to work with the people of the UAE and all other countries, join hands and support each other to early dispel the gloom of the pandemic and strive for a better "Earth home".

In 2021, the UAE will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding, and Dubai will host the World Expo. Solid steps are taken along the path toward a diversified economy based on knowledge. China will also embark on the "14th Five-Year Plan" and a new journey of building a modern socialist country, aiming to build a new economic system featuring opening up and a higher level. Both China and the UAE appear in each other's blueprint of development. The future is promising, and feats will be achieved.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed said that we will enter 2021 with a solidary, firm and optimistic attitude. In the new year, there will be severe challenges as well as huge opportunities. China is willing to work together with the UAE to increase mutual trust, promote cooperation, seize opportunities, and jointly build the Belt and Road Initiative. As the China-UAE comprehensive strategic partnership enters a new chapter, the two countries will join hands to build a community of shared future!

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