UAE-China links grow as Al Ain signs twin city deal

New twin city agreement is signed between Ain City and Wuxi in the southern Jiangsu province of China
UAE-China links grow as Al Ain signs twin city deal
The twin city agreement proposes cooperation in urban planning, education, sports, tourism, culture and arts, as well as trade and investment.
By Sam Bridge
Sat 17 Nov 2018 01:02 AM

The growing ties between the UAE and China have been bolstered by a twin city agreement signed by Al Ain City and Wuxi in the southern Jiangsu province.

The twin city agreement proposes cooperation in urban planning, education, sports, tourism, culture and arts, as well as trade and investment, state news agency WAM reported.

The signing occurred during a visit by an Al Ain City delegation that toured the Chinese city at the invitation of acting mayor of Wuxi, Huang Qin, to take part in the 9th International Sister Cities Forum.

Dr Matar Al Nuaimi, director-general of Al Ain Municipality, said that the twin-city agreement reflects the firm desire to cement bonds of cooperation between the two countries.

The agreement comes just weeks after UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a decree appointing Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak as his Special Envoy to China.

The appointment follows the first visit by President of China, Xi Jinping, to the UAE in July as trade between the two countries continues to grow.

Eight out of 10 businesses in the UAE say China will be among the most important export markets of the future, according to new research by HSBC.

Its survey said that nearly half of UAE businesses already doing business with China plan to grow sales there in the next three to five years.

A further 10 percent of UAE companies yet to enter the Chinese market will prioritise expansion there.

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