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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and China could work together and link Saudi Vision 2030 and China’s “One Belt One Road Initiative” for the benefit of both countries, said Ambassador Li Huaxin following a press conference recently at the Chinese Embassy in Riyadh. “If we connect them together, it will create very good opportunities for both sides and not just the two sides, even other sides will benefit from this connection,

” he said. “I can tell you that different government bodies and ministries met to discuss it; they already have some specific projects in this field and hope this will come true very soon.” Saudi Vision 2030 aims to diversify revenue sources and develop a knowledge-based economy while the “One Belt One Road Initiative” aims to create the largest economic corridor in the world.\

 “We think Vision 2030 is a sustainable development strategy by the Kingdom and offers a good chance for Chinese companies to participate to work together to benefit both sides,” Li said. At the press conference, the ambassador said the “Belt and Road Forum” for international cooperation will be held next week on May 14 and 15 in Beijing. The forum aims to build a more open and effective international platform for cooperation and partnership.

The envoy said that China has invited leaders of nearly 20 countries to attend the forum to discuss how to take this initiative forward in the future. He said the Kingdom has also been invited, but since King Salman visited China in March, Khalid Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources is going to attend the forum instead with a delegation including senior officials and businessmen. He said Al-Falih will be speaking at a session, adding: “I think it is a good opportunity to share his ideas at this important forum, especially how to build this initiative in the future.” President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the forum, he added. The forum has been designed to identify cooperation directions, push forward the implementation of projects and improve supporting systems. The Belt and Road comprises the land-based Silk Road economic belt and the 21st-century maritime Silk Road, which were put forward for the first time by President Xi in September and October 2013 in his subsequent state visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia.

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