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China-Tunisia strategic partnership marks New Era

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Beijing, 1 June 2024 (TDI): Presidents Kais Saied of Tunisia and Xi Jinping of China announced the establishment of the China-Tunisia Strategic Partnership between their countries on Friday.

The declaration was made when Xi spoke with Saied, who is now in China on an official visit.

Furthermore, China and Tunisia have maintained a robust and amicable relationship for the past sixty years since establishing diplomatic relations.

Despite the shifting global landscape, both nations have continuously demonstrated equality, respect, and support for one another. This long-lasting collaboration between impoverished countries is an amazing illustration of solidarity.

In addition, Xi underlined that improving ties between China and Tunisia is in line with both countries’ basic goals and objectives.

He conveyed China’s willingness to work with Tunisia to maintain their long-standing friendship, improve communication and collaboration in multiple fields, and advance their bilateral relations.

“Today, we have declared the formation of a strategic partnership between China and Tunisia, which will pave the way for a more promising future in our bilateral relations,” he said.

China, according to Xi, supports Tunisia’s efforts to follow a development path that fits its unique national circumstances, drive reform on its own, and retain control over its destiny.

Additionally, China is ready to fortify the alignment of development strategies with Tunisia, step up cooperation in fields like new energy and infrastructure development, and foster new avenues for cooperation in the fields of medicine and health care, green development, agriculture, water resources, and other fields.

To do more, China also hopes to promote excellent Belt and Road cooperation between the two nations. President Xi said he was happy to see more superior Tunisian goods reach the Chinese market.

The Chinese government declared its intention to send more highly qualified medical teams to Tunisia, to fortify economic and tourism ties with Tunisia, and to foster increased exchanges between the citizens of the two nations.

To achieve shared progress, Xi called on both parties to work with countries in the Global South to strengthen unity and cooperation, put into practice true multilateralism, advance a just and well-organized multipolar world, and encourage inclusive and universally beneficial economic globalization.

However, To effectively create and strengthen the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation as well as the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, the Chinese government indicated its willingness to work with Tunisia in this regard.

Through this partnership, a high-level China-African community with a common future will be jointly established, and China-Arab ties will be given new impetus.

Saied expressed gratitude for making a significant visit to China to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. He also mentioned his attendance at the inaugural ceremony of the 10th ministerial summit of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum.

The speaker said that Tunisia has a deep relationship and productive collaboration with China. The country anticipates increased assistance from China for its domestic progress and enhanced cooperation in the areas of health, transportation, sustainable development, and education. This will contribute to elevating the bilateral relations to a higher level.

Saied stated that Tunisia strongly upholds the One-China policy and unwaveringly backs China’s endeavors to achieve national reunification and protect its fundamental interests.

He expressed that Tunisia and other Arab nations highly value China’s dedication to upholding fairness and justice in global matters. Each nation possesses the inherent right to autonomously select a trajectory of progress that aligns with its unique domestic circumstances.

Tunisia is eager to collaborate with China to uphold universal human values, enhance unity and coordination, oppose hegemony and bloc confrontations, and foster a more equitable and aesthetically pleasing world.

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This will enable individuals from all nations to truly experience human rights and freedom, live in harmony, and collectively enjoy peace, security, and prosperity.

Both parties also shared their perspectives on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. Xi emphasized that China’s stance aligns closely with that of Arab nations.

China is prepared to collaborate with Tunisia and other Arab countries to advance a comprehensive, equitable, and enduring resolution of the Palestinian issue, founded on the principle of a Two-State solution.

Following the discussions, the two leaders observed the formal signing of several bilateral cooperation agreements encompassing diverse areas such as green and low-carbon development and investment.

Additionally, both parties released a joint statement regarding the formation of a strategic cooperation.

Before the negotiations commenced, President Xi and his spouse, Peng Liyuan, hosted a reception to welcome President Saied and his wife. A midday welcome banquet was also organized for the attendees.

Syeda Ayesha Noor
Syeda Ayesha Noor
Aisha Noor, a recent graduate with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Sindh, Jamshoro, brings a wealth of academic insight and practical experience to the field. Having completed internships at esteemed institutions, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, she now seeks to leverage her expertise in international relations to pursue opportunities in the global arena. With a strong foundation in research and a passion for diplomatic affairs, Aisha is poised to make meaningful contributions to the field of international relations

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