By Mahmoud Fouly
Xinhua | 2016-01-20
CAIRO, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The article of Chinese President Xi
Jinping released Tuesday on the Egyptian national Al-Ahram newspaper
specifies clear aspects and draws a roadmap for the future relations
between the two countries, said Egyptian experts.
Occupying the front page of the paper and the main headline, Xi's
article is released a day before his anticipated arrival to Cairo from
Saudi Arabia's Riyadh on an official visit as the second stop of his
regional tour including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran.
"Xi's article is considered a leap in the Egyptian-Chinese relations,
as it outlines the road for the two countries' future bilateral ties
and mutual cooperation, especially that the Chinese-Egyptian cultural
year will be launched during Xi's visit to Cairo," said Tarek
al-Sinouti, deputy editor-in-chief of state-run Al-Ahram Evening daily
newspaper and expert of Chinese affairs.
In his article, the Chinese president said that the Chinese-Egyptian
relations represent a springboard for the Chinese-Arab relations,
voicing willingness to deepen mutual trust and comprehensive strategic
cooperation between China and Egypt.
"What drew my attention most in Xi's article is that he addresses the
Arab states, not only Egypt, which shows his awareness that Egypt
represents the whole Arab world. It reflects Xi's awareness of the
significance of Egypt and its central role in the region," Sameh
Abdullah, managing editor of state-run Al-Ahram newspaper and head of
the paper's official website, told Xinhua.