The China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF)
Updated on May 2016
Updated on May 2016
(i) Establish political relations based on mutual respect;
(ii) Foster economic and trade exchanges to accomplish common development aims;
(iii) Learn from one another via cultural exchanges;
(iv) Promote world peace and common development by cooperating in international affairs.
 The Minister of Foreign Affairs of China has already stated the Chinese support of the Palestinian right to form an independent State (China Daily, 2014). This political course aligns China with the Arab League’s claims for the recognition of Palestine as a formal country.
Focuses on enterprises and aims to improve economic and trade exchanges between China and the Arab world in a global context.
A flexible mechanism which provides an opportunity for cooperation projects and enhances the relevance of trade cooperation between involved parties.
The goal is to strengthen China-Arab energy cooperation and sustainable development.
Promotes equality, solidarity and communication between different cultures with a major aim to accomplish peaceful coexistence.
Cultural activities such as art festivals are held in both parts to promote mutual understanding.
A seminar to enhance cooperation in the educational and scientific area.
The goal is to cooperate in the mass media field using the press to enhance friendly cooperation
Promotes cooperation in environmental protection and sustainable developmental efforts.
The goal is to promote cooperation through seminars and technical training courses for a diverse group of public officials.
An important auxiliary channel in boosting friendly cooperation between China and the Arab League.
2000: AL proposes CASCF’s creation
January 2004: CASCF’s establishment
September 2004: 1st Ministerial Meeting in Cairo. Declaration of the China-Arab State Cooperation Forum.
May 2006: 2nd Ministerial Meeting in Beijing. Joint Communiqué on Environmental Protection.
May 2008: 3rd Ministerial Meeting in Manama
May 2010: 4th Ministerial Meeting in Tianjin. China-Arab strategic cooperative relationship.
May 2012: 5th Ministerial Meeting in Hammamet – theme “deepen the strategic cooperation and promote common development”
June 2014: 6th Ministerial Meeting in Beijing. Development Plan for 2014-2024.
May 2016: 7th Ministerial Meeting opens in Doha. 60 years of diplomatic relations between China and Arab States.
1st Action Plan:
(i) Political Cooperation: China and the AL pursue coordinated positions on regional and international affairs and seek peaceful solutions, sustainable development and cooperation on themes such as organized crime and drugs traffic.
(ii) Economic Cooperation: the members agreed to focus on areas such as trade, investment, energy, science, technology, agriculture, environment and labor to promote its common development and to create favorable conditions to economic partnerships.
(iii) Social, Culture and News Cooperation: The Forum promotes different kinds of culture exchanges and cooperation opportunities in human resources, education, health, poverty, rural development and media fields.
2nd Action Plan:
The two sides agreed to establish a political cooperation mechanism.
Chinese participation in the Arab States Exportations (2015)
Source: (OEC, n.d)