Chinese for All Saudi Arabian Schools

During a recent trip to China by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman (MbS), the Saudi Foreign Ministry announced that the kingdom had
committed to implementing
Chinese language programs in schools across the kingdom, hours
after MbS met with Chinese President Xi Jingping, and after finalizing a $10
billion deal for Saudi Aramco to establish a refining and petrochemical
complex in China.
Following a tour of the Great Wall, President Xi Jinping told the crown prince, “China is a good friend and partner to Saudi
Arabia.” Xi has in recent years prioritized stepping up China’s
presence in the Middle East. He added further, “The special nature of our
bilateral relationship reflects the efforts you have made.”
MbS responded by saying, “In the hundreds, even thousands, of years, the
interactions between the sides have been friendly. Over such a long period of
exchanges with China, we have never experienced any problems with China,”
according to Reuters. 
Trade between the countries increased by 32 percent last year, he said. In
response, Saudi Arabia is planning to add Chinese to the curriculum in Saudi
schools and universities. “The introduction of Chinese to the curriculum is an
important step toward the opening of new horizons for students,” the government
said in a statement.  While the Saudi Foreign
Ministry announced via its official social media accounts that the kingdom
will now include “Chinese language [instruction] as part of KSA’s
educational curriculum in all schools and universities.” 
The statement emphasized the initiative will “contribute to
increasing trade and cultural ties between the two nations.”


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