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China's VP meets UAE's Ghubash as BRI summit convenes in Hong Kong

The UAE’s goal at the two-day summit in Hong Kong is to enhance joint trade and investment particularly in areas of new economy, technology, and entrepreneurship.
China's President Xi Jinping (C) talks with United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (L) at the opening of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 15, 2022. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BAY ISMOYO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

DUBAI - Chinese Vice President Han Zheng met with United Arab Emirates official Saqr Ghubash in Beijing on Wednesday, while the UAE seeks trade agreements in Hong Kong on the first day of the Belt and Road Initiative Summit. 

Ghubash, speaker of the Federal National Council, the UAE’s elected consultative body, said the UAE intends to develop its cooperation with China in bilateral economic trade, investment, and also cultural exchanges, according to China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency. 

Han said China is ready to cooperate with the UAE to “implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state” reported Xinhua, which did not specify the agreements made. 

Han commended the UAE for joining the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) economic alliance in August. He added that China is willing to share development opportunities and modernization strategies with the UAE. 

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