On March 29, 2012, Chairman Wu Bangguo of the NPC Standing Committee met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Great Hall of the People.
Wu said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1984, the China-UAE relations have maintained a good momentum of rapid, in-depth development and achieved fruitful results. This is inseparable from the personal care and great promotion of the leaders of the two countries including Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed. During the visit, the leaders of the two countries exchanged in-depth views and reached important consensus on deepening bilateral relations and pragmatic cooperation. He believed that this visit will surely inject new impetus into the development of China-UAE strategic partnership. He stressed that China attaches great importance to the development of relations with the UAE and deems the UAE as a reliable friend and partner. China is willing to work with the UAE to strengthen the friendly exchanges between the governments and parliaments of the two countries, support each other on issues involving their respective core interests and major concerns and constantly enhance mutual political trust. Both sides should also give full play to complementary advantages, expand cooperation in infrastructure construction, energy and other traditional fields and actively explore cooperation in the new areas of clean energy, finance and investment. Both sides should expand exchanges on education, culture and tourism, cement the public opinion basis of long-term friendship and push China-UAE relations to a new level. China's National People's Congress supports both sides to develop closer friendly cooperative relations and is willing to further strengthen the friendly exchanges with the UAE National Assembly to enrich the connotation of China-UAE relations.
Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE people cherish deep feelings toward the Chinese people. The UAE attaches great importance to developing relations with China and bilateral cooperation in many areas is of strategic significance. The UAE is committed to deepening the friendship with China, further strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation and exchanges in trade, energy, culture and other fields and promoting understanding and friendship between the two peoples to push forward bilateral ties.