Chinese President plans to make first visit to the UAE

Xi Jinping's visit comes as UAE-China trade grows by 15% to more than $53bn
Chinese President plans to make first visit to the UAE
China's President Xi Jinping. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)
By Sam Bridge
Fri 13 Jul 2018 12:06 AM

The President of China, Xi Jinping, will make his first visit to the UAE next week as trade between the two countries continues to grow.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, stressed in comments published by state news agency WAM that the keenness of the UAE to develop ties with China.

Sheikh Mansour said that during the three-day visit, the Chinese President will meet Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and discuss ways to enhance bilateral ties.

He described the visit as an important step and also expressed his confidence that the historic visit would bring "positive results".

The Chinese President will be accompanied by a high-profile delegation, which includes a number of ministers, top officials and business people from China.

The visit comes just days after it was revealed that the value of trade between the UAE and China in 2017 grew to $53.3 billion, compared to $46.3 billion in the previous year, an increase of 15.1 percent.

The UAE’s foreign trade with China made up 14.7 percent of the its total foreign trade in 2017, according to statistics issued by the Ministry of Economy.

Ethylene polymer products topped the non-oil exports, with a value of $1.09 billion, while cars topped re-exports, with the value of $1.143 billion.

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