Beijing Saudi Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced ''Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the People's Republic of China'' during his visit to King Abdulaziz Library at Beijing University on Thursday.
The award honors outstanding Saudi and Chinese academics, linguists and innovators in the categories of the best scientific research in Arabic language, the best artistic creative work, the best translation of a book from Arabic language to Chinese language and vice versa, the personality of the year and the most influential personality in cultural circles for the year.
"This partnership in the name of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense is an embodiment for joint commitment to building cultural bridges between the two countries, developing the cultural exchange and enhancing artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens,'' the minister said in his speech, expressing his aspiration to see talents to be revealed in this award in various categories.
The annual award aims to promote Arabic and creative language, literature, and arts in China; and promote mutual understanding and the cultural exchange between Saudi and Chinese cultures. The award announcement also achieves common objectives for both the Kingdom's Vision 2030 and Chinese Belt and Road Initiative.
The Saudi-Chinese relationship is characterized by a long history of cultural cooperation and exchanges in the fields of culture and arts, including the annual festival of Arab arts.
King Abdulaziz Public Library was inaugurated in Beijing University in 2017 during the official visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to China, where the king was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the university.
Source: International Islamic News Agency