Key facts about China-Arab relations

Editor’s Note: The 10th Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum will be held in Beijing on Thursday, aiming at enhancing political mutual trust, expanding practical cooperation, promoting deeper coordination on international affairs, as well as deepening and substantiating the building of a China-Arab community with a shared future.

Since 2004 when China and Arab countries established the forum, China’s relations with many Arab countries have developed from “partnership” to “strategic cooperative relationship” and then to “strategic partnership”. In 2022, both sides agreed to build a China-Arab community with a shared future in the new era.

Here are some facts that mark the development of China-Arab relations.

The fourth China-Arab States Forum on Reform and Development was supported by the China-Arab Research Center on Reform and Development in Shanghai in September last year. [Photo provided to]


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum. Within the framework of the forum, 19 mechanisms covering various fields have been established and 85 outcome documents of various kinds have been issued.