From January 14 to 19, 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao upon invitation paid an official visit to Nepal, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar and attended the opening ceremony of the Fifth World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. As the trip was coming to an end, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who accompanied Wen on the visit, introduced to the accompanying journalists Premier Wen's trip and its outcome.
Yang said this year is of special significance in China's development process, as we will celebrate the 18th National Congress of the CPC and the 12th Five-Year Plan will enter the implementation stage. Currently, international and regional situations are complicated, China's traditional friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation with South Asian and the Gulf Arab countries have been developing continuously and China's relations with regional countries are facing new opportunities and challenges. In this context, Premier Wen's official visit to Nepal and the three Gulf countries is a major diplomatic move by the Chinese leader at the beginning of the year and has drawn worldwide attention. During his four-nation tour in the past six days, Wen attended more than 40 bilateral and multilateral activities, delivered important speeches at the opening of the Fifth World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi and the Fourth China-Arab Business Conference and met with participating state leaders and heads of international organizations, Yang said. Wen's activities have demonstrated China's sincere wish and firm resolve to enhance political trust and strategic cooperation with Arab nations and relevant international and regional organizations and highlighted China's notion and policy measures to follow a path of green and sustainable development, he said. And the Chinese premier's active engagement in public diplomacy and with people from various circles of the countries that he has visited has been warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated, Yang said. The visit, with rich content, has produced fruitful results and is thus a complete success, he said.
I. Deepening China-Nepal Comprehensive Partnership
Wen's visit to Nepal, the first by a Chinese premier to the south Asian nation over the past 10 years, is aimed at further consolidating China-Nepal friendship, boosting mutual support, promoting cooperation in economy and trade, and expanding people-to-people and cultural exchanges, Yang said.
During his four-hour-long visit, Premier Wen engaged in intensive meetings and talks with Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and leaders of the Nepalese political parties and constituent assembly. Wen noted that China and Nepal should view and develop bilateral relations from a historical, overall and strategic perspective. He also raised policies and measures on expanding practical cooperation on an equal and mutually beneficial basis, emphasizing both sides need to strengthen the overall plan