China, UAE seal economic deals as Xi visits Abu Dhabi

China, UAE seal economic deals as Xi visits Abu Dhabi

China’s President Xi Jinping on Friday held talks with top UAE leaders on ways of bolstering bilateral relations on the second day of a visit ahead of a three-nation Africa tour.
Mr. Xi met UAE Vice-President Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashed al-Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai, and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, the Crown Prince said.
They discussed “strengthening strategic bilateral ties as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest with the Chinese president,” he said on Twitter.
The visit by Mr. Xi — who arrived in Abu Dhabi on Thursday for a three-day trip — follows China and the Emirates agreeing oil and trade deals. State-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said on Thursday that it had awarded two contracts worth $1.6 billion to BGP Inc., a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Co., for a seismic survey in the Emirate.
The survey is to search for oil and gas in onshore and offshore sites covering an area of 53,000 sq km.
The UAE’s state-owned DP World announced an agreement by the two countries to build a new trade zone in Dubai.