Summary: frequent exchanges of high-level visits between China and Egypt push bilateral relations to a new level
Cairo, 8 Nov (Xinhua)-- frequent exchanges of high-level visits between China and Egypt have pushed bilateral relations to a new level.
Xinhua News Agency reporter Li Binian
In recent years, the leaders of China and Egypt have exchanged frequent visits and continuously strengthened political mutual trust. The two sides have taken the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, the China-Arab Cooperation Forum, and the "Belt and Road Initiative" International Cooperation Summit Forum as platforms. We will strengthen cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, major projects and humanities, and push Sino-Egyptian relations to a new level.
In December 2014, during Egyptian President Sisi's visit to China, China and Egypt signed the Joint statement on the Establishment of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. In January 2016, President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Egypt and the two countries signed the five-year implementation outline of the people's Republic of China and the Arab Republic of Egypt on strengthening the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries. Since 2018, Egyptian Foreign Minister Shu Kaili, Prime Minister Madebri and Speaker Ali have visited China one after another. In October of that year, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan visited Egypt and met with Sisi and Madebri. In April 2019, Sisi attended the second "Belt and Road Initiative" Summit for International Cooperation, his sixth visit to China since he became president in 2014.
In a recent interview with Xinhua, Ahmed Wali, vice president of the Egyptian-Chinese Friendship Association, said that while discussing issues of common concern, the leaders of China and Egypt have frequently exchanged visits and continue to open up new areas of cooperation between the two countries. This has promoted the continuous development of relations between the two countries. What is even more commendable is that the two sides have made joint efforts to effectively implement the agreements signed and promoted bilateral cooperation in the economic, trade, industrial and other fields.
Han Bing, Minister Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Egypt, said that bilateral imports and exports of goods between China and Egypt totaled US $13.83 billion in 2018, a record high, and China was Egypt's largest trading partner for seven years in a row. In order to alleviate the trade imbalance between China and Egypt, China has actively opened up its market to Egyptian agricultural products. After the fresh orange, Egyptian grapes, beets, soybean meal, fresh dates have been allowed to export to China. In September this year, the Chinese Customs completed an on-site inspection of Egyptian pomegranates, and the scale of Egyptian agricultural exports to China is expected to continue to expand.
In terms of major cooperation projects, China signed new project contracts in Egypt in 2018 worth US $7.95 billion and completed a turnover of US $2.05 billion. Sino-Egyptian cooperation projects such as the "Ramadan 10th City" light rail project, the first phase of the central business district of the new capital, and the Hamlawein coal-fired power station project are progressing smoothly. Major projects such as the second phase of the central business district of the new capital and the Ataka pumped storage power station have become new starting points for infrastructure cooperation between China and Egypt.
In addition to economy, trade and major projects, bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the field of culture and education are also in the ascendant. In 2019, a total of 364 Egyptian students received Chinese government scholarships. In recent years, China has trained hundreds of young Egyptian scientific and technological talents. The "Chinese fever" continues to heat up in Egypt, with nearly 10,000 students trained in Chinese and Chinese culture at Confucius Institutes, Confucius classrooms and various Chinese teaching sites every year, and many Chinese graduates are employed in local Chinese-funded enterprises.
The "Chinese fever" has led to the development of Chinese education in Egypt. As of September 2018, China had cooperated in building two Confucius Institutes and two independent Confucius classrooms in Egypt. Ain Shams University in Egypt is one of the first universities in the Arab region to set up Chinese departments and teach Chinese. In addition, 16 Egyptian universities, including Cairo University, have set up Chinese departments or offered Chinese teaching courses one after another.
In terms of literature, more than 60 modern and contemporary Chinese writers have entered Egypt, including Mo Yan, Liu Zhenyun, Chi Zijian, Yu Hua and Jia Pingwa. "Xunzi", "Liezi", "Caigen Tan", "Laozi", "Zhuangzi", "Chu ci" and other ancient Chinese classics have also entered Egypt.
In an interview with Xinhua News Agency a few days ago, Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang said: at present, cooperation between China and Egypt in various fields has entered a period of accelerated development, and in the future, Sino-Egyptian relations should be further developed in an omni-directional, multi-level, and three-dimensional direction. In addition to continuously deepening political exchanges and practical cooperation between the two countries, we should also make great efforts to make efforts in people-to-people exchanges and tell good Chinese stories to all circles in Egypt through various media channels, so that the Egyptian people can hear more about China. More in-depth understanding of China's policy concepts and history and culture.