Saudi Arabia, China sign research deal

Bin Junaid was welcomed by the CIIDS Vice Chairman and Secretary-General Wang Boyong, the deputy executive director and the supervisor of international programs. (SPA)
Updated 29 August 2019

Saudi Arabia, China sign research deal

  • Bin Junaid said scientific centers and bodies in Saudi Arabia are interested in cooperating with counterparts in China and exchanging knowledge

RIYADH: The Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge has signed a cooperation agreement with the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy (CIIDS) in Beijing. The cooperation will be in the fields of research, publishing and translation, and aims to increase the number of researchers and organize scientific conferences.
The signing took place during a visit to CIIDS by the president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Dr. Yahya bin Junaid.
Bin Junaid was welcomed by the CIIDS Vice Chairman and Secretary-General Wang Boyong, the deputy executive director and the supervisor of international programs.
Bin Junaid said scientific centers and bodies in Saudi Arabia are interested in cooperating with counterparts in China and exchanging knowledge. The two sides agreed on starting to implement the agreement’s terms through translating many studies and meeting to organize joint conferences in Riyadh and Beijing, that serve both the Saudi and Chinese peoples. 


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.