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Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy: Beijing has maintained its position as Cairo’s largest trading partner for 12 consecutive years

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Chinese and Egyptian diplomats and experts emphasized the tremendous development witnessed by Egyptian-Chinese relations, which have moved to higher and deeper levels of joint cooperation in all fields during the last decade, since the launch of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides 10 years ago.

The Egyptian-Chinese Friendship Association and the Tahrir Center for Studies and Research, in cooperation with the Chinese Embassy in Cairo, organized a symposium entitled “Egypt and China…10 years since the establishment of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the two countries signing the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement.

A group of Egyptian and Chinese diplomats, professors of international relations, parliamentarians, and those interested in Egyptian-Chinese relations participated in the symposium, which was held at the headquarters of the Egyptian-Chinese Friendship Association.

Ji Tao, Acting Chinese Ambassador to Cairo, stressed that over 10 years, China and Egypt have formed a model of friendship and cooperation, and the two countries have steadfastly supported each other on core interests and major concerns.

Zhang said, in his speech at the symposium, that over the course of 10 years, China and Egypt have formed a model of mutual benefit and mutual gain, and China has maintained its position as Egypt’s largest trading partner for 12 consecutive years, and it is also one of the most active and fastest-growing countries in the field of investment in Egypt over the years. Last. He pointed out that Chinese companies are currently building in Egypt “the tallest building in Africa” and the first electrified railway in Africa.

He added that the international and regional situation is undergoing profound and complex changes that highlight the importance of the strategic and comprehensive nature of Chinese-Egyptian relations.

He expressed his country’s keenness to make joint efforts with the Egyptian side to build a Chinese-Egyptian society with a common future in the new era, and to push forward the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries to achieve new and greater development.

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.

He pointed out that Egyptian-Chinese relations have witnessed great 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, saying, “Egypt and China celebrate this year the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership, with which relations between the two countries have moved to higher and deeper levels of joint cooperation in all fields, which requires a pause to reflect on what… “It was accomplished to maximize and build on it…to enhance joint cooperation 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 these relations have witnessed, especially during the last ten years. He attributed this to the presence of an Egyptian political will to raise the level of joint relations with China.

In turn, Ambassador Ezzat Saad, former Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister, stressed the importance of Egyptian-Chinese relations, especially in the multilateral framework, and the assistance provided by China in Egypt’s involvement in a number of important groupings, including the BRICS group, which began through what was known as “ BRICS Plus” before it officially joined the group last January, as well as Egypt joining the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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