Lu Wei delivers keynote speech at the China-Arab States Expo Online Silk Road Forum held in Yinchuan, capital of Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, Sept 10, 2015.
Lu Wei, minister of the Cyberspace Administration of China, spoke to the China-Arab States Expo Online Silk Road Forum on Thursday. The forum was held in Yinchuan, capital of Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region.
Here's the full text of Lu's speech.
Building Online Silk Road and Creating a Bright Future Together
Dear Party Secretary Li Jianhua,
Distinguished representatives from Arab countries,
Ladies and gentlemen,
In this year of exchange and cooperation between China and Arab countries, we get together in the beautiful city of Yinchuan to discuss the development of cyberspace at the Online Silk Road Forum. I express my sincere welcome to friends and guests from Arab countries and all walks of life on behalf of the Cyberspace Administration of China. I wish the forum success and give my sincere gratitude to the host, Ningxia Hui autonomous region.
In his letter of congratulation to the China-Arab States Expo, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China and Arab countries are good friends on the road of joint development. Both sides are important origins of human civilizations, with three of the world's four ancient civilizations prospering in the two regions.
China and Arab countries have a long-standing history of exchange: as early as more than 2,000 years ago, the ancient Silk Road connected the two civilizations both culturally and economically. Now at the new starting point of history, President Xi said, China and Arab countries are natural partners in building the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.