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Jordan, China keen to boost cooperation in various fields

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Jordanian-Chinese relationships are witnessing increased improvements and the door remains open for further collaboration in various areas, Jordanian and Chinese officials said.

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Jordan and China are determined to explore further opportunities for collaboration and building partnerships that reflect positively on the two countries, officials said during a seminar marking the 40th anniversary of Jordanian-Chinese diplomatic ties held by Al Rai Centre for Studies and the Chinese Embassy in Amman.

"Jordanian-Chinese relations have been growing and witnessing improvement over the years and the room for increased cooperation is large," Chinese Ambassador to Jordan Pan Weifang said during the seminar, which attracted several Jordanian and Chinese officials and experts.

The ambassador referred to the Belt and Road Initiative, stressing that it can greatly contribute to the development of ties and the development process in Jordan.

Reviewing China's support to Jordan, the ambassador said China helped implement several projects in Jordan that contributed to the development of the country in fields of water, health, infrastructure and energy.

Pan said a cultural center to teach Chinese language and culture is under construction and there was a plan for a Sino-Jordanian university.

"These are expected to play a key role in enhancing understanding and cooperation, especially between the young people in the two countries," said the ambassador.

The ambassador said China also provided aid to Jordan to help reduce the pressure on the country due to the influx of Syrian refugees

Trade ties are witnessing key progress, he said.

China is Jordan's second largest trade partner and the trade exchange between the two countries exceeded $3.17 billion in 2016, said the Chinese ambassador.

The ambassador said there was a need for increased efforts by the Jordanian and Chinese sides to enhance cooperation in areas of tourism, culture and health, among others.

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