Saudi Arabia to Launch Remote Sensing Satellite from China

Published: January 20, 2016

Editor’s Note:

The two days of meetings between King Salman and Chinese President Xi Jinping ended today with a communique announcing the upgrade in bilateral relations between Riyadh and Beijing to a so-called comprehensive strategic relationship. The communique addressed cooperation in the areas of political interests, energy, security, cultural and humanitarian fields and regional and international affairs. This post provides details of an agreement between Riyadh and Beijing on satellite launches, a demonstration of the scientific cooperation lauded in the communique.

King Salman – President Xi Summit:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Launch Remote Sensing Satellite from China

Riyadh, Rabi’II 10, 1437, Jan 20, 2016, SPA — King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is working to complete preparation of the components of the Saudi satellite (Saudi SAT 5B) which is locally made, in preparation for its launch, via the Chinese space rocket (Long March 2D) to support remote sensing services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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This came in the framework of the cooperation between the Kingdom and the Republic of the People’s Republic of China in various fields, including scientific field, which also includes the establishment of a project on genetics studies.

This cooperation enhances common desire between the leaderships of the two friendly countries to push forward the bilateral relations to broad levels and turn them into a strategic partnership with wide dimensions which expressed by mutual visits over the years, including the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to China in 2014 when he was the Kingdom’s Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, where it contributed to the advancement of the level of partnership between the two countries in various fields, while President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China is working at the same goal during his current visit to the Kingdom.

–SPA

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