This decade has seen a vigorous development of China-Qatar relations under the strategic guidance of the two heads of state, Chinese ambassador Zhou Jian has said, stressing that the ties have entered a golden period of development. The ambassador was addressing a reception held Monday to mark the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in the presence of HE Mohamed bin Ali bin Mohamed al-Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology; HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al?Kawari, State Minister and President of Qatar National Library; Ibrahim Yousif Abdullah Fakhro, director of the Department of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and diplomats and senior members of the Chinese community in Doha.

Ambassador Zhou Jian addressing the gathering.

He said, "This year will be a milestone in the history of China. Next month, the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held to specify the two-step strategic arrangement for building a powerful modern socialist country in an all-round way, and set out the strategic tasks and major measures for the next five years. China's development is a force for world peace and will bring more opportunities to the world. This year is also a year of special significance in the history of China-Qatar relations. In just over a month's time, the World Cup will be held in Doha. After 12 years of preparation, Qatar will enter the post-World Cup era in which the National Vision 2030 will be implemented."
"Next year, China and Qatar will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and usher in a bright future of upgrading bilateral relations. Both countries and China-Qatar relations will stand at a new starting point and enter a new era. We should embrace the trend of the times and seize the opportunities to build a China-Qatar community of shared future," he added.
The envoy added, "China and Qatar need to build a community of shared future with development and prosperity. We need to synergise the Belt and Road Initiative with Qatar National Vision 2030, and accelerate the implementation of the Global Development Initiatives in Qatar. China is ready to take an active part in Qatar's development in the post-World Cup era, build a long-term and stable energy partnership with Qatar, encourage more Chinese companies to invest in Qatar, and take an active part in Qatar's infrastructure construction and free zone construction.
"We welcome more investment from Qatar. We are ready to work with Qatar to carry out co-operation in green infrastructure, green finance, digital economy, clean energy and low-carbon technology, build more environment-friendly projects, forge a closer partnership for green development, and jointly build a community of life between man and nature."
Ambassador Jian affirmed, "China is ready to work with Qatar to expand co-operation in culture, education and tourism."
"We look forward to an early agreement on key projects such as the establishment of cultural centres in each other's countries and the opening of Confucius Institute in Qatar, so as to create a new platform for China-Qatar cultural co-operation and promote common development and prosperity of China and Qatar through mutual learning between civilisations. We should work together to promote humanity's common values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom, oppose the superiority of one culture over another and the clash of civilisations, and make unremitting efforts to build a community with a shared future for mankind," he added.
The ambassador thanked all the attendees, stressing the strong will of China to enhance its contributions for world peace and a better future for humans, wishing continued prosperity, stability and welfare of the two countries and their peoples as they continue to further cement their friendship and co-operation.