Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Egypt on Wednesday for a condition take a look at, on the next leg of his three-nation Center East tour.

It is the first time in twelve years that a Chinese president has frequented Egypt, a main nation in the Arab environment, Africa and the Islamic environment.

The take a look at, which arrives at the sixtieth anniversary of the institution of diplomatic ties between China and Egypt, is predicted to chart out the upcoming of the two countries’ relations, explained Chinese Vice International Minister Zhang Ming, incorporating that the take a look at will be a “milestone.”

Xi is scheduled to hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and satisfy with Key Minister Sherif Ismail and other leaders for the duration of the take a look at.

Egypt was the first Arab and African condition to understand the People’s Republic of China and create diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1956.

The bilateral ties are taking pleasure in seem momentum. Al-Sisi paid out a take a look at to China in December 2014 for the duration of which the two international locations elevated their partnership to a thorough strategic partnership. Xi met al-Sisi once more when the Egyptian president was in Beijing to attend situations marking the seventieth anniversary of the close of Entire world War II in September 2015.

Bilateral trade between China and Egypt achieved a file substantial of 11.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. The two-way trade amounted to 9.67 billion dollars in the first three quarters of 2015, up thirteen p.c yr on yr, according to Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo.

Egypt is 1 of the founding associates of the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Financial commitment Lender and also vowed to vigorously take part in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, believing that the initiative has delivered an vital possibility for Egypt’s renewal.

Through his continue to be in Cairo, Xi will provide a speech at the Arab League headquarters to make very clear China’s plan and propositions on promoting peace and progress in the Center East.

Prior to the take a look at, China issued its first formal Arab Plan Paper, voicing hopes to bolster classic friendly ties and all-spherical cooperation with Arab international locations.

China and Arab states are both of those establishing international locations with their mixed territory, inhabitants and financial mixture accounting for 1-sixth, 1-fourth and 1-eighth of the world’s full, respectively.

In 2004, the China-Arab States Cooperation Discussion board was proven.

Currently, Arab international locations as a entire have develop into China’s most important provider of crude oil and the seventh most important buying and selling companion, while China has develop into the next most significant buying and selling companion for Arab international locations. The trade volume between China and Arab states exceeded 251 billion dollars in 2014.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the initiative of setting up a “one+two+3” cooperation sample, which implies to get strength cooperation as the core, infrastructure design and trade and investment decision facilitation as the two wings, and nuclear strength, area satellite and new strength as the three breakthroughs, are very well gained by Arab international locations, according to China’s Arab Plan Paper issued about a week back.

Prior to Egypt, Xi paid out a condition take a look at to Saudi Arabia. His Center East tour, his first overseas take a look at in 2016, will also get him to Iran.

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