Source: The Institute For National Security Studies
Author(s): Ofir Winter, Assaf Orion
In the course of the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Egypt on January 20-22, 2016, Egypt and China announced a five-year, multi-sector cooperation agreement. This agreement injected substance into the “comprehensive strategic partnership” formed during President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s trips to China in 2014 and 2015. For Egypt, China constitutes an optimal strategic partner, as deeper ties serve its economic-security agenda. The cooperation with China suits Egypt’s desire to forge a sovereign foreign policy that proceeds on the basis of purely Egyptian interests and is not bound to international and regional axes. Israel views in a favorable light any Egyptian-Chinese cooperation that will improve the economic-security reality in Egypt and contribute to stabilization of the current regime….
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