Relationship in full bloom

IN THIS globalised world where constant changes in power relations are a permanent affair, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is setting a formidable example to the international community.

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Published: Thu 3 Apr 2008, 8:47 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:53 PM

He is showing the world how best to embrace people belonging to various cultures by enhancing mutual understanding. He is also playing an exemplary role in bringing nations together to address such issues of global concern as poverty and illiteracy.

Spreading his message of peace and goodwill, Shaikh Mohammed has conquered a million hearts in China! While visiting the Great Wall of China, he laid great stress on fostering cultural understanding. He said that both the civilisations with their rich heritage could learn a lot from each other. Over the past few decades, both countries have made great progress in all spheres of life. While the stupendous economic success of China has made it a power to reckon with in the world, the UAE is fast emerging as a booming international business hub and a veritable cultural melting pot.

The UAE Vice-President's tour of the country has also opened a new chapter in the history of the economic ties between the two great nations. As he himself put it during his meeting with the Mayor of Beijing, the bilateral ties will be entering a new era because of the efforts being taken to meet the common aims and objectives shared by the two countries. The bilateral trade between the UAE and China has risen to a whopping $20 billion in 2007 from $4 billion in 2003. This figure is set to rise further after the signing of a host of economic or investment agreements during UAE Vice-President's historic visit to the Communist state. The UAE has always been a strong trading partner of China. In fact, the growing bilateral trade also underscores that UAE's immense significance as a trading hub in the region. Marvelling at the UAE's development projects, Guo Jinlong, Mayor of Beijing, evinced a personal desire to study the great pace of economic progress in Dubai itself.

Shaikh Mohammed's visit to China has also opened up a whole new world of investment opportunities ensuring further economic prosperity of both nations. The UAE-China Economic Council meeting in Shanghai, attended by leading Emirati and Chinese business leaders, would be discussing a series of investment projects to be undertaken by the two countries. The tousrism sector in both the countries could also expect a significant boost following the visit.

All in all, the relations between the UAE and the world's rising superpower are set to scale greater heights in the years to come.

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