Arab-Chinese digital library to be launched in Beijing

King Abdul Aziz Public Library
Updated 09 July 2018
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Arab-Chinese digital library to be launched in Beijing

  • The library will strengthen the growing political and economic ties between the Arab world and China
  • The digital library project would prove to be a model for cultural partnership between different cultures and civilizations

JEDDAH: The first Arab-Chinese digital library will be launched on Tuesday in Beijing on the sidelines of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF).
The library is a joint project of the Arab League, the King Abdul Aziz Public Library and the National Library of China.
The library will serve as a bridge between the Arab world and China and help promote cultural ties and exchange of knowledge.
The project also aims to strengthen ties and coordination between libraries in the Arab League member states and China.
The library will strengthen the growing political and economic ties between the Arab world and China.
The supervisor general of King Abdul Aziz Library, Abdul Karim Al-Zaid, said the establishment of the digital library will lay the foundations of a new beginning of intellectual, cultural and economic ties with China.
“We aim to translate the cultural and knowledge vision, which is the basis of King Abdul Aziz Public Library, through the promotion of culture, preservation of heritage, knowledge formation, cultural contact, social responsibility and global partnerships,” Al-Zaid said.
He said the opening of a branch of King Abdul Aziz Library in Beijing was aimed to increase cultural cooperation between the two countries.
The director of the digital library project, Saleh Al-Misnad, noted the library’s inauguration would be an active start for Arab and Chinese cultures in a modern and attractive way.
He said the library aims to strengthen the foundations of the knowledge and cultural partnership; it offers different kinds of knowledge and transfers the Arab intellectual heritage to the whole world from the launching of the Arab Knowledge Index to this project.
He said the digital library project would prove to be a model for cultural partnership between different cultures and civilizations.
The CASCF was initiated in the opening years of the new millennium, according to Xinhua. In 2004, China and the Arab League (AL) formally launched the forum.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.