China-Gulf Cooperation Council Strategic Dialogue

(The Belt and Road Initiative)

Updated:2017-04-20 |

China-Gulf Cooperation Council Strategic Dialogue


The first round of China-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Strategic Dialogue was held in Beijing in June 2010. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi co-chaired the dialogue with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Anwar Mohammed Qarqash, and the GCC Secretary-General Abdul-Rahman al-Attiyah. They also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Dialogue.


The second round of strategic dialogue was held in Abu Dhabi in May 2011, and the third round in Beijing in January 2014. President Xi Jinping met with the GCC delegation to the meeting. The two sides agreed to build a China-GCC strategic partnership and resume talks on a China-GCC free trade area. They also developed an action plan for cooperation from 2014 to 2017.


The six GCC member states are located where the ancient Silk Road routes converged. Their strategic location and their development potential make them natural and important partners for the Belt and Road Initiative. The China-GCC dialogue platform is therefore ideally suited for cooperation in this regard.