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08:43, September 25, 2010

Sino-Egyptian strategic cooperation fruitful: Chinese ambassador
Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Wu Chunhua hailed on Thursday the strategic cooperation between the two countries as fruitful, saying bilateral relations have reached new levels.

"Over the past three years, I have been very glad to see that Sino-Egyptian relations have made great progress," the outgoing Chinese ambassador told Chinese and Egyptian reporters.

The two sides have conducted many high-level visits and effective cooperation in international and regional affairs, said Wu, who is to complete his three-year work here.

"We can say that Sino-Egyptian strategic cooperation is very fruitful and bilateral relations have reached new levels," Wu said.

The volume of bilateral trade increased from 3 billion U.S. dollars in 2006 to 6.24 billion U.S. dollars in 2008, Wu said. By the end of last year, the Chinese investment in Egypt exceeded 500 million U.S. dollars.

The two countries have deepened cooperation in the fields of culture, education, science and technology, tourism and press, said the Chinese ambassador.

China has 20 colleges with Arabic classes, while Egypt has five colleges with Chinese classes, according to Wu. Chinese tourists to Egypt reached 90,000 in 2009.

To promote exchanges, the two countries held a number of film festivals, arts and heritage exhibitions and drama shows.

In November 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Egypt and attended the opening ceremony of the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The year 2009 also marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-Egypt strategic cooperative ties. Egyptian People's Assembly Speaker Ahmed Sorour and some of the country's ministers visited China over the past three years.

Source: Xinhua
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