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Qatar-China ties get stronger: Mansouri

Qatar-China ties get 
stronger: Mansouri

QNA
Beijing
AMBASSADOR of Qatar to the People’s Republic of China HE Sultan bin Salmeen al Mansouri has praised the deep-rooted and strong relations and the strategic partnership between Qatar and China, especially in terms of shared visions on sustainable development.
In an interview with Qatar News Agency, the Qatari ambassador said the visit of the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani to China at the beginning of this year further strengthened strategic partnership between the two countries.
The ambassador added that the visit opened widened the horizon of cooperation and strengthened strategic partnership with the signing of a host of agreements. The most prominent of the agreements signed was to hold a joint strategic dialogue between the two countries, the Qatari envoy pointed out.
The ambassador highlighted the significance of Qatar-China Friendship Association which will open the door to popular diplomacy, leading to sports and educational agreements along with agreements concerning Qatari investments in China and vice versa.
On the volume of trade exchange between Qatar and China, Mansouri said that it has been increasing, especially in recent years, indicating that it reached about $10 billion in 2017 and nearly $11 billion in 2018.
He added that the value of Qatari exports to China exceeds the value of imports, explaining that Qatar is one of the few countries whose exports exceed the value of imports from China because China is one of the largest importers of the Qatari gas.
The ambassador said Qatar supplies about 40 percent of China’s gas needs which exceeds 10 million metric tonnes. “This is increasing due to the growing Chinese demand,” he added.
Meanwhile, Qatar’s imports from China reached $2 billion in 2018 while its annual export to China is estimated at $9 billion and is growing, the ambassador said.
In this context, he referred to the opening of two direct maritime routes from China to Qatar for the transport of goods and consumables, noting that Qatar imports most of the needs of the Qatari market from China through two ports, one in Shanghai and the other in Guangzhou, via two direct routes to the port of Hamad.
On the participation of Chinese companies in 2022 FIFA World Cup projects, the ambassador said that the Lusail Stadium, which is the biggest stadium to host the tournament, and Hamad Port have been built by Chinese companies.

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