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Consul General Li Xuhang Publishes Signed Article "Hope and Tianwen-1 Probes: A Dream with No Limit" in Al Bayan

On February 18, Consul General Li Xuhang published a signed article in Al Bayan, a mainstream newspaper in the UAE, titled "Hope and Tianwen-1 Probes: A Dream with No Limit". The full text is as follows:

The Hope probe successfully entered Mars orbit on February 9. On behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Dubai and all Chinese nationals and enterprises in the consular area, I would like to express my warmest congratulations to the UAE government and people! The UAE has become the first Arab country to reach Mars, marking a historical breakthrough in aerospace and in the history of Arabic aerospace development. The UAE thus contributes its strength to the overall development of aerospace globally. It is particularly exciting that Hope probe will meet with the Chinese Mars probe Tianwen-1 in Mars orbit. As the two shines like stars in the outer space, we will witness a glorious moment for China and the UAE.

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum once said that dreams have no limit, so one can only keep moving forward. It is due to the foresight and support of UAE leaders that the UAE has continuously eliminated what is impossible in aerospace. The UAE seized opportunities and is now standing on the high ground of advanced technology, transforming itself into a model of economic and social development in the Middle East.

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and is the first year of the 14th Five-Year Plan. The UAE will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding and hold the World Expo, at the same time looking forward to the next 50 years to come. The friendly cooperation between China and the UAE will usher in new opportunities. China and the UAE both attach great importance to the development of aerospace technology, creating a valuable opportunity to deepen cooperation in this field. China wishes to make joint efforts with the UAE to continuously strengthen cooperation in aerospace and further develop China-UAE comprehensive strategic partnership.

As the Chinese New Year approaches, on behalf of the Chinese Consulate General in Dubai and all Chinese nationals and enterprises in the consular area, I would like to extend greetings and best wishes to the people of the UAE and congratulate the UAE on the probe’s successful arrival at the Mars orbit as well as sending its first photo. I am convinced that China and the UAE can work together and achieve a thorough victory against the pandemic in 2021, turning a crisis into opportunities that open up to new possibilities after witnessing dramatic changes. I wish a prosperous future to the people, businesses and government of both countries. Let’s join hands and promote the revitalization in the post-pandemic era.

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