Qatar, China agree on strategic partnership
The agreement came during the official talks held between the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the People's Palace in Beijing. The Emir is on a state visit to China.
During the talks, views on bilateral relations and co-operation in various fields as well as on international and regional issues of mutual concern were exchanged.
A joint communique, issued after the talks, said the two countries' leaderships had agreed that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries on July 9, 1988, "co-operation in economic, trade, energy, human and cultural exchanges have achieved fruitful results".
"In line with the realistic needs for developing the Qatari-Chinese relations and the common desire of both sides to further develop bilateral relations to a new level, the two sides decided to establish a strategic partnership which will focus on the common interest of the two countries and their people and serve their development and prosperity," the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) quoted the joint communique as saying.
The Emir has donated a grant of $10mn for setting up a Qatar Chair for Middle East studies at the Peking University. This was announced during a meeting between Qatar University president Sheikha Abdullah al-Misnad and Peking University president Enge Wang. ■