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Tuesday , October 20 2020

Trade with China worth $19b: Kuwaiti diplomat

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 1, (KUNA): China is Kuwait’s largest trading partner with bilateral exchange worth more than $19 billion, Kuwaiti Consul-General in Shanghai Mishal Al-Shemali revealed on Tuesday.

On the occasion of the upcoming 71st anniversary of diplomatic relations between both countries on Oct 1, the diplomat praised the level of these ties. “The People’s Republic of China, since its founding, has made unprecedented achievements across various fields and has left an evident global imprint in regards to its steps to achieve economic integration,” he told KUNA.

Kuwait’s diplomatic representation in China, he suggested, is the largest with an embassy and three consulates, which illustrates the magnitude of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Additionally, the opening of the consulate in Shanghai highlights Kuwait’s keenness to develop and strengthen these relations, economically in particular, he added, as Shanghai is regarded the economic capital on the Chinese mainland. He also alluded to the great efforts made by China in confronting the Covid- 19 pandemic, reducing its numbers and controlling its spread, indicating that cooperation between the two countries on this matter was at the highest levels.

During the pandemic, Kuwait imported a lot of medical equipment from Beijing, used to detect the virus and prevent its spread. A Chinese expert medical team also visited the country in April to provide support and assistance to Kuwaiti health authorities in combating this pandemic, he mentioned.

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