UAE, China sign 16 agreements to boost ties in energy, investment

The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s visit to China

Picture courtesy: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on Twitter

The UAE and China signed several agreements aimed at boosting bilateral ties covering sectors such as energy, investment and real estate.

A total of 16 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) were signed during the UAE-China Economic Forum in Beijing, which began on Monday. The event, attended by over 500 participants, was held on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s visit to China.

The agreements covers defence and military cooperation between the two countries; nuclear energy; environment protection and conservation; scientific and technological cooperation, with a focus on artificial intelligence; as well as food security and farming.

Among the major agreements signed was also a deal between Dubai’s Emaar and Beijing Daxing International Airport for a $11bn project at the airport. Emaar also said it will open an office in Beijing.

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Another major deal was signed between Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation to explore opportunities and collaborate in the upstream and downstream sectors.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Sheikh Mohamed will “draw a new blueprint for China-UAE comprehensive strategic partnership”, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told official news agency WAM in an interview on Sunday.

Sheikh Mohamed’s last state visit to China was in 2015, while President Xi’s last state visit to the UAE was in July 2018.

China is the UAE’s second-largest trading partner, with bilateral trade volumes reaching almost $60bn in 2017. That figure is further expected to grow to $70bn by 2020.

The UAE’s participation in China’s ‘Belt and Road initiative’ has further deepened the bilateral partnership, the foreign minister said.

“I believe the UAE will become a shining pearl along the Belt and Road,” he stated.