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China’s New FM Visits Egypt, Concluding Five-Nation African Tour

China’s New FM Visits Egypt, Concluding Five-Nation African Tour

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang visited Egypt on Sunday, concluding his week-long tour of Africa, which was his first official visit to the continent as foreign minister, aimed at boosting China-China cooperation. African.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang visited Egypt on Sunday, concluding his week-long tour of Africa, which was his first official visit to the continent as foreign minister, aimed at boosting China-China cooperation. African. During his visit to Egypt, the minister held separate talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, as well as with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. Discussions focused on strengthening bilateral relations in various areas of mutual interest. During the meeting with the Secretary General of the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt, Qin hailed the successful holding of the first China-Arab summit, which was held on December 9, 2022, saying it was a a “milestone” in the strengthening of Sino-Arab relations. links to new heights. He said China stands ready to work with Arab countries to implement the realization of the summit’s outcomes, which include initiatives in areas such as development assistance, food security, public health, innovations green, security and stability. The countries’ foreign ministers held talks on China-Egyptian relations, particularly regarding the growth of Chinese tourism in the North African country, which has struggled to revive its tourism sector since it was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. During his meeting with el-Sisi, Qin said China fully supports Egypt’s positive contribution to ensuring peace and security in the Middle East, stressing that the country is committed to cooperating on this issue with the Egypt and to jointly promote stability in the region. The Egyptian president praised China’s great development and its commitment to maintaining strong ties with African nations, adding that the relationship between the two countries is “unbreakable”. Addressing the significant results that China and Egypt have achieved in implementing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), el-Sisi said the country welcomes Chinese companies to invest and create companies. The Chinese foreign minister, for his part, reassured that Beijing will continue to expand its investment programs, and in particular, to invest in Egypt’s infrastructure projects, including those of China’s BRI. The BRI is a global infrastructure development strategy, proposed by China in 2013. It involves improving infrastructure, trade and investment aimed at improving connectivity on a transcontinental scale. So far, up to 43 African countries have joined the BRI by signing MoUs with China. As part of this initiative, China has invested heavily in infrastructure on the African continent, including railways, roads, telecommunications, health and energy facilities. Gang’s trip to Africa, which took place from January 9 to 16, also included countries like Ethiopia, Angola, Benin and Gabon. During his visit to Ethiopia, he signed an agreement for the partial cancellation of the country’s debt, declaring China’s readiness to help and support the Ethiopian people after the Tigray conflict, and urging the international community to increase the scale of humanitarian aid for the country. He also visited the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he responded to allegations that China is creating a ‘debt trap’ in Africa, saying it is a false narrative, intentionally imposed on cooperation between China and African states. Benin, the minister of the Chinese government would have signed a memorandum of understanding on the partial cancellation of the debt. Apart from that, the two sides signed various cooperation documents, especially on people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

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Chinese foreign ministers often begin their tenure with trips to Africa, highlighting the importance of China-Africa relations and pushing bilateral relations to new levels. The country’s current foreign minister, Qin Gang, was appointed on Dec. 30, succeeding Wang Yi. His first trip abroad in this position was also to Africa.

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang visited Egypt on Sunday, concluding his week-long tour of Africa, which was his first official visit to the continent as foreign minister, aimed at boosting China-China cooperation. African.

During his visit to Egypt, the minister held separate talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, as well as with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. Discussions focused on strengthening bilateral relations in various areas of mutual interest.

During the meeting with the Secretary General of the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt, Qin hailed the successful holding of the first China-Arab summit, which was held on December 9, 2022, saying it was a a “milestone” in the strengthening of Sino-Arab relations. links to new heights. He said China stands ready to work with Arab countries to implement the realization of the summit’s outcomes, which include initiatives in areas such as development assistance, food security, public health, innovations green, security and stability.

The countries’ foreign ministers held talks on China-Egyptian relations, particularly regarding the growth of Chinese tourism in the North African country, which has struggled to revive its tourism sector since it was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

They also discussed regional security issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In particular, the Chinese foreign minister urged Israel to “stop incitements and provocations, and refrain from taking uniliteral measures that could escalate the situation.”

During his meeting with el-Sisi, Qin said China fully supports Egypt’s positive contribution to ensuring peace and security in the Middle East, stressing that the country is committed to cooperating on this issue with the Egypt and to jointly promote stability in the region.

The Egyptian president praised China’s great development and its commitment to maintaining strong ties with African nations, adding that the relationship between the two countries is “unbreakable”.

Addressing the significant results that China and Egypt have achieved in implementing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), el-Sisi said the country welcomes Chinese companies to invest and create companies. The Chinese foreign minister, for his part, reassured that Beijing will continue to expand its investment programs, and in particular, to invest in Egypt’s infrastructure projects, including those of China’s BRI.

The BRI is a global infrastructure development strategy, proposed by China in 2013. It involves improving infrastructure, trade and investment aimed at improving connectivity on a transcontinental scale. So far, up to 43 African countries have joined the BRI by signing MoUs with China. As part of this initiative, China has invested heavily in infrastructure on the African continent, including railways, roads, telecommunications, health and energy facilities.

Chinese FM Qin Gang rejects ‘unreasonable’ claim that China is creating a ‘debt trap’ in Africa
Gang’s trip to Africa, which took place from January 9 to 16, also included countries like Ethiopia, Angola, Benin and Gabon. During his visit to Ethiopia, he signed an agreement for the partial cancellation of the country’s debt, declaring China’s readiness to help and support the Ethiopian people after the Tigray conflict, and urging the international community to increase the scale of humanitarian aid for the country.
He also visited the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he responded to allegations that China is creating a ‘debt trap’ in Africa, saying it is a false narrative, intentionally imposed on cooperation between China and African states.
In Benin, the Chinese government minister reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding on partial debt cancellation. Apart from that, the two sides signed various cooperation documents, especially on people-to-people and cultural exchanges.



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