China, Jordan keen to boost ties in various fields: Chinese official
AMMAN -- China and Jordan are keen to boost ties in various fields and explore further opportunities for increased cooperation, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong said here Thursday.
The Chinese official made her remarks at a seminar Thursday on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Jordan and China, where she stressed that ties between the two countries are strategic and solid in various fields.
"China supports the development process in Jordan and is keen on increased collaboration with Jordan," Liu said during the seminar.
Ties between Jordan and China are on the rise with trade exchange exceeding 3.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2016, she said.
She added that China is Jordan's second largest trade partner, noting that there are tens of Chinese companies investing in Jordan.
She also highlighted cooperation in the field of energy as key sector where there is tremendous potential for increased partnerships.
Jordan's Health Minister Mahmoud Shayyab said there are several agreements for cooperation between Jordan and China.
He added that there is large room for increased cooperation in the field of tourism.
According to Jordanian officials, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Jordan in 2016 increased by 40 percent.
Also Thursday, Prince Faisal, the Regent, received the Chinese official and discussed means to boost ties in various areas.
Discussions between the two sides also focused on developments in the Middle East and efforts exerted to reach political solutions to crises in the region.
They also looked into efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, which threaten global peace and security.
Prince Faisal and the Chinese official also discussed efforts underway to revive the peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis based on the two-state solution, the Arab peace initiative and the international legitimacy resolutions.[ Editor: zyq ]