In response to an official invitation from General Chi Haw Tian, Deputy Chairman of the Military Central Committee, Member of the Council of State and Minister of Defense of the People's Republic of China, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz visited China from October 11 to October 17.
The warm reception given to Prince Sultan and the accompanying delegation reflects the authentic feelings of the Chinese people and good relations that exist between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and the People's Republic of China under the leadership of President Jiang Zemin.
While in Beijing Prince Sultan exchanged views with President Zemin and other senior officials on ways of enhancing the mutual interests of the two countries in various fields at bilateral, regional and international levels. The two sides expressed satisfaction at the great developments that have been witnessed by bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation in all fields since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them ten years ago.
The communiqué underscored the importance of further development and enhancing these relations in the various economic, commercial, industrial, technological, technical and security fields. The two countries demonstrated their desire to enhance commercial relations between them, to access the exports of each to the markets of the other, and to increase joint investments; and reiterated their concern to expand cooperation and establish joint industrial, petrochemical, and technological projects, notably that of electric power.
The two countries expressed their satisfaction over the bilateral cooperation that exists between them in the field of petroleum and stressed their readiness to develop that cooperation and enhance cooperation in the field of mining. For its part, the Chinese side praised the leading role being played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for stabilization of the global oil market.
On security, the two sides affirmed their willingness to enhance cooperation between the concerned bodies in the two countries and agreed to conclude an agreement on this in the near future. The two sides deplored all forms of terrorism and underlined the importance of global cooperation and coordination for combating terrorism, urging the United Nations to shoulder its responsibility in this respect.
On the peace process in the Middle East, the two sides underscored the importance of intensification of efforts for reaching a just, comprehensive and durable peace on the basis of the UN resolutions issued in this respect, and in line with the principles of the Madrid conference including the principle of land for peace. The two sides confirmed the importance and sensitivity of the Jerusalem problem and called for avoidance of any unilateral procedure that might cause change in the characteristics of that city. They deplored the recent practices that have led to death and injury of civilians and said such developments undermine the peace process in the Middle East, calling for self-restraint and an end to such practices.