Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Xi's article on Egyptian paper roadmap for Egypt-China future ties: experts

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.


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