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International and Middle East Landscape in the Post- Pandemic Era

Jin Xin, China

Director, China Center for Contemporary World Studies and Secretary General, Silk Road Think Tank Association

The post-epidemic world will show at least four trends. First, global governance in public health and other areas will become more urgent. Second, the task of promoting healthy development of economic globalization will become more arduous. Third, the challenges to maintaining world peace and regional security will become more diverse. Fourth, the issue of promoting the development of developing countries will become more prominent.

Looking ahead, from the perspective of think tanks, I would like to make three suggestions on cooperation between China and Arab countries. The first is to explore new ways and areas of cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative. Second, we should jointly promote a Health Silk Road. Third, we should deepen cultural exchanges and promote people-to-people exchanges.

Salah Adly, Egypt

General Secretary, Egyptian Communist Party

Arab political parties should play an active role in calling on the parties concerned to reach a political settlement of regional disputes, cease armed conflict, and strengthen their relations with China and other emerging countries in all fields, rejecting brutal neo-liberal policies, investing more in health and education, and resolving poverty, unemployment and corruption, and addressing social justice and development.

Nassar al-Rubai, Iraq

Chairman, Political Body of the Sadrist Movement

A major challenge for the new international system in the post-epidemic era is that economic development cannot be achieved without the full implementation of a geo-health perspective. The epidemic has completely paralyzed the planet and prevented countries from cooperating fully.

May Khreich, Lebanon 

Vice Chairwoman, Free Patriotic Movement

The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China provides an opportunity for countries to engage in dialogue among civilizations and economic cooperation. It is a path of both cultural exchange and trade cooperation that is of great significance to the world.

Mohamed Ogal, Morocco

Member, Political Bureau of the National Rally of Independents

We should work together to create a more united world, establish multilateral cooperation mechanisms, focus on the results and new implications related to the application of science and technology and the digital revolution, encourage scientific research, promote social cohesion, protect the environment, build a new system of values that will enable the nations and peoples of the world to coexist peacefully, settle disputes peacefully and strengthen all forms of international cooperation on the basis of full respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs.

Ahmed Majdalani, Palestine

Secretary-General, Palestinian Popular Struggle Front

The Palestinian Popular Struggle Front firmly rejects the U.S. Government's attempts to politicize the epidemic. We have seen that the United States persists in its hostile policy toward China and continues to smear China. This is simply because China overcame the epidemic, properly dealt with the crisis, and gradually resumed normal production and life.

Jafar Sadiq al-Mirghani, Sudan

Deputy Chairman, Democratic Unionist Party

In the post-epidemic era, the world and the Middle East are facing many difficulties, and there are four major issues that need to be properly addressed, namely, safeguarding human health and life, meeting the essential needs of daily life, enhancing the resilience of societies to epidemics, and improving the ability of countries to recover production, innovate and turn crises into opportunities.

Samir Saad, Tunisia

Deputy General Secretary, Constitutional Liberal Party

With the human potential to conquer difficulties and disasters, we should be able to overcome difficulties. But we should think more about how to build a common future within the framework of a united and coordinated economic system. This system requires an objective, new political, economic, and social environment, and requires all countries and their people to commit to building new international relations based on solidarity and mutual assistance.

Abdulwahab Anis, Yemen

General Secretary, Yemen Islah Party

We hope that the lessons of the COVID-19 epidemic will prompt countries around the world to reform the humanitarian value system that international relations should follow, to transcend egoism, and to build a better value tradition and a more cohesive and humanitarian international relations system.

Salim Jahwari, Oman

Deputy Chairman, Oman Journalists Association and Assistant Secretary General, Federation of Arab Journalists

The epidemic will become a watershed in human history. Countries in the world today are no longer isolated from each other, but have become a community with a shared future.

Hassan Rashid al-Derham, Qatar

President, Qatar University

The epidemic crisis highlights the importance of strengthening cooperation among nations and working together to overcome difficulties. It shows that the China-Arab relationship is a model of state-to-state relations. The two sides can respond to the challenge of the novel coronavirus disease epidemic by further developing bilateral relations and strengthening cooperation.

Yehya Jonaid, Saudi Arabia

Director, Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge

We must pay more attention to strengthening international cooperation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and other diseases that may occur in the future, including carrying out scientific and technological cooperation and jointly developing vaccines so that people all over the world can benefit, regardless of region or country.

Obaid Zaabi, United Arab Emirates

Deputy Director, Conference Department, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research

Countries in the Middle East have increasingly felt that regional cooperation should be strengthened, especially in the context of an increase in common challenges.

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