Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was one of more than 30 world leaders who flew to Beijing for the opening of the Winter Olympics.
China and Egypt “share similar visions and strategies to defend their own interests,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said after a meeting with his counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The Chinese leader on Saturday welcomed “increased political trust” between the two nations, citing co-operation to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Their comprehensive strategic partnership is a model of “China-Arab, China-Africa, and China-developing world solidarity,” Xi said, according to CGTN, the international branch of state broadcaster CCTV.
The Beijing summit comes as El-Sisi’s government seeks closer ties with China as it distances itself from the United States and other Western nations that are critical of its human rights record.
“China and Egypt share similar visions and strategies to defend their own interests, pursue common development, improve their people’s well-being and promote justice and justice in the world as the world undergoes changes that we cannot see in a century, “Xi said.
Since taking power in Egypt in 2013, el-Sisi has been overseeing a widespread suppression of disagreement and opposition, imposed tens of thousands of prison sentences and provoked international criticism.
The Egyptian president is one of more than 30 world leaders and heads of major international organizations who flew to Beijing for Friday’s opening of the Winter Olympics.
As Xi has not left China in the midst of the pandemic since 2019, he is holding a series of meetings on the sidelines of the Games with leaders whose countries are eager to strengthen ties with the emerging superpower.
The meetings follow a mini-summit between Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin On Friday, it underscored the growing alignment of their authoritarian countries’ positions as they pushed back against a U.S.-dominated world order.
The two leaders oversaw the signing of more than 20 agreements covering trade, energy and other fields, and issued a joint statement supporting China to oppose NATO enlargement, a move seen as’ an indication of Xi’s growing perception of himself as a world leader.
“President Putin stressed that the strategic significance of Russia-China relations is unprecedented,” Chinese Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said in a comment at the meeting posted on the ministry’s website.
“During the talks, the two heads of state reiterated that any attempt to harm the interests of China and Russia and to divide China-Russia relations was doomed to failure.”
While China formally avoided all military alliances, the parties held a series of joint war games, including naval exercises and patrols by long-range bombers across the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. In August, Russian troops deployed to Chinese territory for the first time for joint maneuvers.