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Silicon being a larger atom than carbon can form only a single covalent bond with an oxygen atom.
That allows the formation of covalent bonds between the two.
A large unknown area in pectin chemistry concerns the possible presence in vivo of covalent cross-links between pectic molecules.
Moreover, a covalent bond between two highly electronegative elements will clearly be strong.
Summary At room temperature, solid aluminum chloride has an ionic lattice with a lot of covalent character.
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