Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is located in the Southwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula, and it is known as an “Oil Kingdom”. Its oil reserves and production are ranked the first in the world, making it as one of the richest countries around the world. In the afternoon of August 4th, “Witness Friendship” Home and Abroad News Press 2016 Summer Junior Journalist Delegation visited the Saudi Arabian Embassy in China. The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to China, H.E. Mr. Turki Mohammed AlMadi welcomed the junior journalists, and he said that “Welcome Chinese students to study in Saudi Arabia, the government will provide free programs for 50 students.” This message made all junior journalists extremely excited.
China and Saudi Arabia have established diplomatic relations for 26 years. We are honored to interview the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to China. This is a very exciting thing for all of us. After listening to Ambassador Turki’s brief introduction, the junior journalists started the interview.
“Hello, Mr. Ambassador. January 19th this year, invited by the King of Saudi Arabia, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Saudi Arabia. Xi Jinping met with the King of Saudi Arabia and expressed that since China and Saudi Arabia established diplomatic relations 26 years ago, the two countries achieved fruitful results in various fields and brought enormous benefits to the two peoples. In your opinions, how should the youth and teenagers carry on the traditional friendship between the two countries? How can we contribute our wisdom and efforts to further develop the friendly relations between the two peoples?” a journalist asked.
The ambassador said that relations between China and Saudi Arabia have been very good since the establishment of diplomatic ties. Over time, young people have become an important force in developing the bilateral relations. The two governments hope the future generations can continue the friendship between the two countries. Recently, the two governments are holding a series of youth exchange programs in both China and Saudi Arabia. In the ambassador’s views, every young people should made their contributions to the “One Belt, One Road” initiative because this huge undertaking strategy connects many countries. He highly suggested more students could learn more about the “One Belt, One Road” initiative so that they can take the historical responsibilities for world peace.
“Saudi Arabia is known as “Oil Kingdom” because its oil reserves and production are ranked in the top place around the globe, making it as one of the richest countries in the world. We want to know that how Saudi Arabian government invested in in education and infrastructure projects. What favorable policies the government offers to graduated students?” another junior journalist asked.
“Education in Saudi Arabia takes a large proportion of Saudi Arabia’s national expenditures. Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries are offering free education to the students. Some of the Chinese students in Saudi Arabian are actually sponsored by the Saudi Arabian government. The investment in education takes a large proportion in Saudi Arabia.” The ambassador said that he welcomed Chinese students to study in Saudi Arabia, and the government will provide free tuition programs to 50 students this year. Saudi Arabian education system is similar to the Western education system. Students are expected to complete their homework in the school, and they can communicate in English or Chinese.
For Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, the ambassador said that they are already thinking about 50 years later or even 60 years from today. Although the country is rich in oil resources, it cannot be maintained for a long time. As a result, they are searching for and developing new energy sources.
Finally, the junior journalists took pictures with the ambassador and the Saudi Arabian students in China. The kind embassy officials prepared the local specialty gifts for all junior journalists; as a return, they also gave back their handmade gifts to the ambassador and the officials. When we said goodbye to each other, we wished China and Saudi Arabia’s friendship last forever.