ISLAMABAD:-Pakistan has commended the recent visit of President Xi Jinping to Arab countries and hoped that it would have a very positive impact on conflict resolution, promoting peace and development in the Muslim Word. It was noted that the President Xi’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran was quite fruitful in improving a peaceful world order, said a senior government’s official when asked to comment on this landmark visit.–INP

The visit had conveyed a message of peace and it was hoped that it would prove well for achieving the desired results particularly at the time when the Arab countries were facing conflicts in their ranks.

China’s role had always been facilitating in settling bilateral, regional and international disputes, he added.

The official further said that China’s greater focus on economic diplomacy was highly productive in boosting socio-economic development at all levels. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project was the best example towards that, which was world’s connectivity plan for common benefit, he added.

Meanwhile, China’s People’s Daily states, President Xi Jinping's visit to the Mideast marked a milestone in building a "community of common destiny" between China and the Arab world.

The two civilisations covered themselves in glory in ancient times and are now on a path of modernisation, sharing similar problems as well a common destiny that they can become mutually prosperous through deeper cooperation.

The history of China-Arab relations dates back to more than 2000 years ago.

Situated in the center of Eurasia, Arabs acted as intermediary agents between China and Europe on the ancient Silk Road. Through this conduit, Westerners learned about diverse cultures very different from their own.

But in modern history, both Chinese and Arabs suffered Western colonial aggression, and later achieved hard-won independence -- shared experience lending strength to their bilateral ties.

There is now nobody in China or the Arab world that does not want to see a revival of their former glory after a long period of decline. China is aiming for a "great rejuvenation," and the Arab world also longs for better economy, society and more global influence.

Therefore, development is the top priority of both China and the Arab world, and fortunately the two sides have many complementary characteristics. China has funds and technology to build infrastructure, and Arab countries have energy resources, a big market and industries that need to be upgraded and diversified.

Development will strengthen China-Arab relations in all respects and achieve a win-win deal for the two sides. With this as the top priority, the two civilisations can go far.

Xi has stressed that the world is a community of shared destiny and that no country can address global issues on its own. In terms of their shared challenges China and the Arab world face terrorist threats.

In its Arab Policy Paper issued before Xi's tour, China said it is ready to strengthen anti-terrorist cooperation with Arab states, including policy dialogue, information exchange and personnel training.

Other common challenges for the two sides include climate change and non-traditional security threats such as pirates.

Addressing these challenges requires closer ties between China and the Arab states, and the community of common destiny can help promote new ideas for the two sides to advance cooperation.

China and Arab states should build peace, promote development, boost industrialisation, support stability and partner people-to-people exchanges in the Middle East, President Xi Jinping said.

Addressing the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, he said that China decides its position on issues based on their merits and the fundamental interests of the people in the Middle East.

“Instead of looking for a proxy in the Middle East, we promote peace talks; instead of seeking any sphere of influence, we call on all parties to join the circle of friends for the Belt and Road Initiative,” Xi said.

He added that instead of attempting to fill a “vacuum”, China seeks to build a cooperative partnership network for “win-win outcomes”.

The President said there is hope in the Middle East and all parties should look for it by pursuing dialogue and development.

“The Palestinian issue should not fall into oblivion, and we must bring hope to the Palestinian people as early as possible,” Xi said.