People visit the China pavilion at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan.10, 2022 (Xinhua / Wang Dongzhen)

DUBAI, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) – Expo 2020 Dubai has become a bridge of friendship between China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Chinese Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Ni Jian told Xinhua during his participation in the opening ceremony of the National Day of China Pavilion on Monday.

The theme of the China pavilion, “Building a Community of Destiny for Mankind – Innovation and Opportunity”, aligns with the pioneering and innovative national spirit of the United Arab Emirates, as well as the current trend of all humanities. to join hands and overcome obstacles, Ni said.

According to Ni, the China pavilion is an inspiring demonstration of China’s tremendous development achievements and its wonderful traditional cultures, as well as a sign of the great potential for bilateral collaboration between China and the United Arab Emirates.

At the opening ceremony of the China pavilion in October 2021, the Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and other senior officials of the Emirates Arabs visited the pavilion and watched a video message from Chinese President Xi Jinping. .

This shows that the UAE attaches great importance to Sino-UAE relations and China’s participation in the Expo, according to Ni.

Dubai Expo 2020, he said, is the first of its kind in the Middle East and will serve as an important forum for humanity to discuss sustainable economic and social growth, as well as global governance at the post-pandemic era.

According to Ni, the UAE and China have a deep and broad partnership that offers many practical results.

China and the United Arab Emirates have conducted the first international Phase III clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Ni, who also noted that the two countries have worked well together. in areas such as the pandemic. control and prevention, information sharing, and vaccine research and production.

According to the Chinese diplomat, China has fully supported the UAE’s universal immunization program, helping the UAE to become one of the most immunized countries in the world, while the UAE has established a vaccination center in Dubai for Chinese expatriates, making a significant contribution to the health of Chinese residents living abroad.

Ni said the UAE was one of the first countries to champion renewable energy and is an important partner of China in promoting the Belt and Road Initiative, noting that Chinese companies are the world leaders in clean energy such as solar and wind power, and the UAE has a natural advantage in the development of the photovoltaic industry.

The potential for future cooperation in this area is huge, said the Chinese ambassador, mentioning recent joint renewable energy projects such as Shanghai Electric’s EPC contract for a photovoltaic program in UAE.

He expects China and the United Arab Emirates to continue to cooperate closely in the field of new energies and realize their complementary advantages in the “post-oil era” for the benefit of both their citizens and the world.

The ambassador said that there are 143 schools in the United Arab Emirates that offer Chinese lessons, with more than 45,000 students, which represents 15% of the country’s total number of students in public schools.

China-UAE cooperation has enormous potential in the future, including in traditional fields such as energy, infrastructure, education and culture, as well as pioneering fields such as artificial intelligence, l digital economy, genetic technology, healthcare and modern agriculture, according to Ni.

The secret to long-term and stable development of bilateral relations, according to Ni, is a win-win collaboration between China and the UAE, which benefits the two peoples of both countries.

“I am confident that under the strategic leadership of the leaders of the two countries, China-UAE relations will continue to make further progress,” Ni said.