Friendly ties to be established by China with Islamic countries

Friday afternoon saw President Hu Jintao announcing that China is looking forward to strengthen friendship and cooperation with the Islamic countries, based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence.

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan who visited China, was told by Hu that for a very long period now, China and the Islamic countries have had mutual respect and trust. They have also displayed understanding and support to each other on issues concerning the core interest of the other side.

Abu Dhabi, which is now China's second largest trading partner and important supplier of energy resources in the Arab world, is the capital of the United Arab Emirates

Hu said: "China and the UAE have enjoyed political trust, mutual support and reciprocal trade cooperation since they forged diplomatic ties 25 years ago." He added that they have also had consultations on international and regional issues.

Hu further said: "We appreciate the UAE government for its adherence to the one-China policy, as well as its support on the Taiwan issue and the issues concerning Tibet and Xinjiang."

It was expressed by the President that China is looking for new opportunities to further mutual relations; and is in favor of working with the UAE to improve cooperation to benefit the people of the two countries.

Friday also saw Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meeting the crown prince.

This is Zayed al-Nahayan's first tour to China since he became the crown prince. He said that UAE expected to maintain strategic cooperation with China in trade, oil and petrochemical fields.

Various cooperative agreements, including one on setting up a bilateral political consultation mechanism, were also signed between Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Bin Zayed al-Nahayan.