has left a deep impression on me. Yemen also has achieved big
developments in the period of President Saleh. The military
and security forces had struggled in bravery to protect the
Yemeni Revolution. All Yemeni people joined hands with the
military forces in their struggle to protect Sana’a and the
Assab’een blockage is an immortal event in the mind of
history. It will be always alive in the minds and hearts of
the millions. The Revolution is an immortal heroic development
in the history of Yemeni-Chinese relationship. President Saleh
takes upon his shoulder the Revolution’s aims, and leads the
country successfully to develop the financial, economic and
He aims at improving the country’s relations with neighbors
and to consolidate the Arab Union,” says Mr. Shi Yanchun,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s
Republic of China in the Republic of Yemen.
He was installed as an Ambassador for China, in the Republic
of Yemen, in 1997.
History of Yemen-China relationship
Thereupon, the Yemeni and Chinese relationship is
distinguished and historical. Some sources had mentioned that
the Chinese people had begun to arrive to Yemen in the sixth
century. They brought silk and pottery from China to Yemen
throughout land and sea transportation. During the tenth
century, Aden was an important waterway which leads to China.
In the fifteenth century, Captain Jenkh Kha had visited Aden
three times. Yemeni rulers also sent missionaries to China.
The People’s Republic of China was founded on October 1, 1949.
Since that time, it still preserves the Yemeni-Chinese
relationship. The Yemeni-Chinese diplomatic relationship had
started in 1956.
On October 6, 1962, China recognized the Yemeni Republican
regime after the Revolution, on September 26, 1962. The
Chinese mission which was in Yemen before the Revolution
turned into an Embassy, on February 13, 1963. China upheld the
Yemeni Revolution during the Sana’a blockage days.
Then, it declared clearly that the people and government of
China supported the people and government of Yemen, in their
struggle of preserving the national sovereignty and
independence of the country. We see that the continuous
development in Yemen-China relations is one of the Chinese
Chinese projects in Yemen
It is known that the relation between China and Yemen is going
on towards a better future. China founded about seventy
projects in Yemen. As a result of the last visit of our
President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Vice President Abdrabuo M.
Hadi to China many contracts were signed.
At this time, our two friendly countries are implementing
those contracts. One of the most famous Chinese projects in
Yemen is the Yemeni-Chinese Friendship Bridge. This bridge is
located in the heart of the capital Sana’a; it is deemed as a
gift offered by the government of China to Yemen. Absolutely,
this bridge reflects the wide extension of the Yemeni-Chinese
friendship. It consists of three levels: The high level
bridge, under bridge level and water level deepening (about 5
My old contacts with the Yemeni Ambassador and other
diplomats, who work in the Yemeni Embassy in China during my
doctoral study period, and my new contacts with the Chinese
Consulate in Aden, show that the two sides do their best to
consolidate the Yemeni Chinese friendship. So we all are sure
that this friendship will prosper more and more in the future.
In the Fifty-Six of China and the Forty-Three anniversary of
the Yemeni Revolution, we in Yemen wish that Yemeni-Chinese
friendship will reach a high level of prosperity.
Conclusions and Recommendation
1. We must find a way for Yemen Studies in China.
2. We must have the opportunity to start parallel study
between Yemen and China. Even though Yemen-China Center.
3. We must work hard on making an effort to expand the
academic exchanges in the private level; it has the limit of
4. In my opinion, there is no time for hesitation to promote
the diplomatic relation and academic exchanges as well as in
private level and governmental level.
5. We must breed from the lesson of China scientific
revolution and expand the academic exchanges with China
through parallel study due to the common consciousness of the
long history and disintegrated grief.
6. We must keep in our minds, that China is very important for
us beyond scientific revolution issue.
7. It is fact now, that China is a developing country after
its scientific revolution as an oil producing country.
8. Considering to my simple interest on studies done on the
East Southeast Asia in future, I have to maintain a concrete
relation with China, especially in the fields of cultural,
social, economic and political matters as well as academic
In the end, I would like to say, ‘‘China is an important
economic partner of Yemen and one of the growing economies in
the world. It is a country which we believe has a tremendous
future in the world. Therefore, we have to develop our
relation on principles of economic partnership.
Dr. Eng. Mohammed Darsi Abdulrahman Nedham, is a specialist in
geology and a member of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC
Member) dealing with Yemen Hunt Oil Company. He graduated from
Jilin University (China) in 2002.