Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Zhou Jian, has said that China and Qatar are good partners expecting more development and investment between both the countries.
“China’s development is Qatar’s opportunity. We can integrate our development strategies; enhance our cooperation with energy as the core, infrastructure as the key, financial investment as the new starting point and strengthening people-to-people exchanges. In this way, we can build a community with shared energy, shared interest, and shared destiny,” he said while talking to media persons yesterday.
Zhou Jian pointed out that Qatar is among the first group of countries joining the “One Belt One Road” Initiative and a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Our mission, the Ambassador said, is to integrate the Belt and Road Initiative with Qatar’s “2030 National Vision”, so as to contribute to Qatar’s economic diversity and independence.
About bilateral energy cooperation, the Chinese Ambassador said that it is the bedrock of bilateral relations. “Oil and gas is the core of Qatar’s economy, and Qatar is increasing its LNG production. Meanwhile in China, the demand for natural gas is skyrocketing, as we are pursuing green, low-carbon, sustainable development to fulfill our promise in climate change. At present, Qatar has become China’s second-largest source of LNG import. Hundreds of millions of Chinese people are using gas from Qatar.”
In 2018, the Ambassador said, companies from both sides signed a new long-term contract. “China is the largest growing market for natural gas, which brings Qatar new strategic opportunities. With China’s huge market of 1.4 billion people, a bright future is waiting for us,” he added.