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Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy: Our relationship with Egypt has formed a strong model of friendship and cooperation

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Zhang Tao, Acting Chinese Ambassador to Cairo, stressed that the comprehensive strategic relations between Egypt and China highlight their importance as they confront developments in regional and international situations and the profound and complex changes currently sweeping the international community, noting that the Chinese state is keen to make all joint efforts with the Egyptian side to build society. The Chinese-Egyptian vision for the common future in the new era, and the advancement of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, have achieved great and growing new development.

This came during the activities of the symposium “Egypt and China 10 Years of Establishing the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” which was organized by the Egyptian-Chinese Friendship Association and the Tahrir Center for Studies and Research in cooperation with the Chinese Embassy, ​​to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the two countries’ signing of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement during President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s first visit. To the Chinese capital, Beijing, in 2014.
Zhang Tao, Acting Chinese Ambassador to Cairo, confirmed that over the past 10 years, relations between China and Egypt have formed a model of friendship and cooperation, as the two countries have continued to exchange steadfast support for each other regarding core interests and major concerns, with Chinese President Xi Jinping keen to communicate closely with them. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and they met many times on many bilateral and multilateral occasions.
Tao said: “Over the course of 10 years, we have formed a model of mutual benefit and shared gain, while China remains Egypt’s largest trading partner for 12 consecutive years, and one of the most active and fastest-growing countries to invest in Egypt in recent years,” adding that the companies The Chinese have presented many important projects in Egypt, for example recently the construction of “the tallest building in Africa” and the first electrified railway in Africa, in addition to Chinese efforts to help Egypt become the first African country to possess the full ability to assemble, install and test satellites, as Egypt was the first A country that signs cooperation documents with China on debt swaps for development, and is the first African country to issue Chinese “panda bonds.”
For his part, Ambassador Mohamed Al-Orabi, Chairman of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, addressed the strategic dimension of Egyptian-Chinese relations, pointing out the great similarity in the positions of the two countries regarding many international and regional issues and in international forums, especially in the United Nations, including what is related to the Palestinian conflict. Israel, where Beijing supports the two-state solution and supports the Palestinian National Authority to facilitate it fully exercising the tasks assigned to it in all of the occupied Palestinian territory.
Al-Orabi stressed that Egypt and China are aware of the dangers of the current situation in the Middle East region, and that they have adopted a similar position regarding developments in the current situation in the Gaza Strip, by rejecting attempts to displace the Palestinians from their land and urging the Security Council to respond to the general call of the international community for a comprehensive ceasefire, end the fighting, and target… Civilians and facilities, in addition to condemning all violations of international law.
Al-Orabi expressed his concern about the dangers of the growing role played by some external parties to implement certain agendas in the Middle East region, calling for intensifying cooperation and joint work between Egypt and China in order to reduce the influence of these parties and organizations in favor of the issues of regional countries and what is related to their common interests and national security.
He pointed out that Egyptian-Chinese relations have witnessed significant development and growth over the past periods based on common interests, and the keenness of both sides to push these relations to meet development aspirations, move forward in enhancing Chinese investments in Egypt, benefit from technological and development expertise, and develop economic and development cooperation.
While Ambassador Ali Al-Hafny, Vice President of the Egyptian-Chinese Friendship Association, confirmed that with Egypt and China celebrating this year the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership, we find that these relations have risen to higher and deeper levels of joint cooperation in all fields, which calls for continuation and maximization. These efforts and construction are to maintain the path of strengthening these relations between the two friendly countries.
Al-Hafni reviewed the development of Egyptian-Chinese relations since Egypt’s recognition of the People’s Republic of China in 1956, and the great momentum and steady growth this relationship has witnessed, especially during the last ten years. He attributed this to the presence of an Egyptian political will to raise the ceiling of joint relations with China, and not allow any influences. Foreign affairs to limit the distinguished relations between Egypt with the countries of the world, especially with the countries of China and Russia.
In turn, Ambassador Ezzat Ali stressed the importance of Egyptian-Chinese relations with regard to the multilateral framework, and China’s support for Egypt to engage in a number of important international groupings, including the “BRICS” grouping, which began through what was known as “BRICS Plus” before Egypt officially joined. The gathering last January, as well as Egypt’s joining the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
A group of Egyptian and Chinese diplomats, international relations professors, parliamentarians, and those interested in Egyptian-Chinese relations participated in the symposium: Ambassador Magdy Amer, the former Egyptian ambassador to Beijing, Zhao Liang, Minister Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Cairo, Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Morsi, Professor of International Relations at the Misr University of Science and Technology, and Imad Al-Azraq, President. Tahrir Center for Studies and Research

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