A worthwhile economic partnershipYemeni-Chinese friendship brings prosperity Current date: Thursday August 25, 2005 - Issue: (823), Volume 13 , From 10 March 2005 to 13 March 2005By Mohammed Darsi NedhamFor The Yemen TimesYemen has left a deep impression on me. Yemen also has achieved bigdevelopments in the period of President Saleh. The military and securityforces had struggled in bravery to protect the Yemeni Revolution. All Yemenipeople joined hands with the military forces in their struggle to protect Sana’aand the Republican regime.Assab’een blockage is an immortal event in the mind of history. It will bealways alive in the minds and hearts of the millions. The Revolution is animmortal heroic development in the history of Yemeni-Chinese relationship.President Saleh takes upon his shoulder the Revolution’s aims, and leads thecountry successfully to develop the financial, economic and administrativereforms.He aims at improving the country’s relations with neighbors and to consolidatethe Arab Union,” says Mr. Shi Yanchun, Ambassador Extraordinary andPlenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Yemen.He was installed as an Ambassador for China, in the Republic of Yemen, in1997.History of Yemen-China relationshipThereupon, the Yemeni and Chinese relationship is distinguished andhistorical. Some sources had mentioned that the Chinese people had begunto arrive to Yemen in the sixth century. They brought silk and pottery fromChina to Yemen throughout land and sea transportation. During the tenthcentury, Aden was an important waterway which leads to China.In the fifteenth century, Captain Jenkh Kha had visited Aden three times.Yemeni rulers also sent missionaries to China. The People’s Republic ofChina was founded on October 1, 1949. Since that time, it still preserves theYemeni-Chinese relationship. The Yemeni-Chinese diplomatic relationshiphad started in 1956.On October 6, 1962, China recognized the Yemeni Republican regime afterthe Revolution, on September 26, 1962. The Chinese mission which was inYemen before the Revolution turned into an Embassy, on February 13, 1963.
China upheld the Yemeni Revolution during the Sana’a blockage days.Then, it declared clearly that the people and government of China supportedthe people and government of Yemen, in their struggle of preserving thenational sovereignty and independence of the country. We see that thecontinuous development in Yemen-China relations is one of the Chinesepolicies.Chinese projects in YemenIt is known that the relation between China and Yemen is going on towards abetter future. China founded about seventy projects in Yemen. As a result ofthe last visit of our President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Vice President AbdrabuoM. Hadi to China many contracts were signed.At this time, our two friendly countries are implementing those contracts. Oneof the most famous Chinese projects in Yemen is the Yemeni-ChineseFriendship Bridge. This bridge is located in the heart of the capital Sana’a; it isdeemed as a gift offered by the government of China to Yemen. Absolutely,this bridge reflects the wide extension of the Yemeni-Chinese friendship. Itconsists of three levels: The high level bridge, under bridge level and waterlevel deepening (about 5 meter).My old contacts with the Yemeni Ambassador and other diplomats, who workin the Yemeni Embassy in China during my doctoral study period, and mynew contacts with the Chinese Consulate in Aden, show that the two sides dotheir best to consolidate the Yemeni Chinese friendship. So we all are surethat this friendship will prosper more and more in the future. In the Fifty-Six ofChina and the Forty-Three anniversary of the Yemeni Revolution, we inYemen wish that Yemeni-Chinese friendship will reach a high level ofprosperity.Conclusions and Recommendation1. We must find a way for Yemen Studies in China.2. We must have the opportunity to start parallel study between Yemen andChina. Even though Yemen-China Center.3. We must work hard on making an effort to expand the academic exchangesin the private level; it has the limit of approach.4. In my opinion, there is no time for hesitation to promote the diplomaticrelation and academic exchanges as well as in private level and governmentallevel.
5. We must breed from the lesson of China scientific revolution and expandthe academic exchanges with China through parallel study due to thecommon consciousness of the long history and disintegrated grief.6. We must keep in our minds, that China is very important for us beyondscientific revolution issue.7. It is fact now, that China is a developing country after its scientific revolutionas an oil producing country.8. Considering to my simple interest on studies done on the East SoutheastAsia in future, I have to maintain a concrete relation with China, especially inthe fields of cultural, social, economic and political matters as well asacademic relation.In the end, I would like to say, ‘‘China is an important economic partner ofYemen and one of the growing economies in the world. It is a country whichwe believe has a tremendous future in the world. Therefore, we have todevelop our relation on principles of economic partnership.Dr. Eng. Mohammed Darsi Abdulrahman Nedham, is a specialist in geologyand a member of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC Member) dealingwith Yemen Hunt Oil Company. He graduated from Jilin University (China) in2002.