Me­dia call Xi’s visit to Egypt his­tor­i­cal

China Daily (Canada) - - XI’S VISIT - By XIN­HUA in Cairo

Egyp­tian me­dia hailed on Tues­day Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s up­com­ing visit to Cairo as a “his­tor­i­cal” leap in the two na­tion’s com­pre­hen­sive ties.

“The visit is com­ple­tion of steps that both sides un­der­took on the road of co­op­er­a­tion at sev­eral lev­els, es­pe­cially the strate­gic one,” said Es­sam al-Se­bai, man­ag­ing editor of staterun Akhbar news­pa­per.

The visit will shadow an old mu­tual her­itage and strong his­tory of co­op­er­a­tion and com­mon in­ter­ests, al-Se­bai told Xin­hua.

Cairo has at­tempted to de­velop bal­anced political and eco­nomic ties with many coun­tries, es­pe­cially those with which it has com­mon in­ter­ests, such as China, he said.

In the eco­nomic sphere, Egypt needs China’s ex­pe­ri­ence, par­tic­u­larly in the IT in­dus­try, while China eyes new mar­kets in Africa via Egypt, he said.

On the fu­ture of ties be­tween the two coun­tries, al-Se­bai said good in­ten­tions are not enough.

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