UAE media say it is great honor to publish Xi’s article

By Huang Peizhao, Qu Xiangyu and Han Xiaoming –Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signed article in two national newspapers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) demonstrates China’s policy of cooperating with the UAE, said editor-in-chief from one of them, saying they feel extremely honored to publish the article that is rich in content and profound in thought.

The article, titled “Working Hand in Hand for a Better Future,” was published Wednesday in Al Ittihad and The National, two mainstream newspapers in the UAE, a day before Xi’s state visit to the Arab country.

Mohammed Ibrahim Ahmad Al Hammadi, Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad, added that it is the first time for the newspaper to publish an article of a foreign leader in full text.

The newspaper, publishing the article in a full front page, also contains photos of President Xi and a review to his signed article. The headline of the article is in bold, and the body is divided into several parts, with each part having a sub-title and a summary.

This is for the readers’ convenience, so that the locals can easily understand the views elucidated by President Xi in the text, he explained.

The working team warmly welcomes President Xi’s visit and feels proud of publishing his signed article, Ali Bin Tamim, director general of Al Ittihad noted, saying that they recently devoted pages to cover China’s development achievements in all aspects to create a friendly atmosphere for Xi’s visit.

“This is a great honor of our newspaper,” said Laura Koot, Managing Editor of The National newspaper of the UAE, when talking about Xi’s signed article on his newspaper.


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